By Felix Khanoba
Over 1,200 students have within this year benefitted from the various scholarship schemes of the Federal Government.
Director, Federal Scholarship Board, Mrs Ndajiwo H. Asta, made this known to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday during a national workshop on federal scholarship processes and implementation in Nigeria.
Ndajiwo, who expressed commitment of the Federal Government to improving access to education in Nigeria, said the scholarships were awarded under two scholarship schemes.
“In 2019, we issued more than 1,000 in Nigeria public tertiary education institutions. We also issued above 200 under the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA),” She said.
Speaking on the workshop, Ndajiwo appealed to Nigerians to take advantage of various scholarship opportunities to further their education.
While saying the objective of the workshop is to sanitise stakeholders and public on scholarship activities, Ndajiwo, said the three-day event would bring about the required synergy for better performance.
“This workshop would checkmate gaps and promote greater collaboration by the relevant stakeholders including our development partners in the field of education to keep participants on track especially in the area of scholarship delivery,” she added.
Declaring the workshop open, Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the present administration will leave no stone unturned to assist Nigerians scholars both at home and abroad.
The minister commended countries and development that provided scholarships to Nigearians under the BEA deal.
He, however, called on such countries to also send their students to universities in Nigeria as the country remains eager to receive them under the scholarship exchange programme.
The AUTHORITY reports that the minister had on Friday in Abuja revealed that Nigeria has received 313 scholarship offers from seven countries for the 2019/2020 academic session under its Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA).
He listed the countries that gave the offer to include China-34, Russia-86 and Egypt – 22.
Others are Algeria-33, Morocco – 100, Mexico-1 and Hungary-47.