The Nigerian Government has sent another set of 78 Nigerian scholars to Russia and Algeria to pursue their undergraduate and post-graduate degrees under the 2015/2016 Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA).
Speaking during the departure briefing/orientation for the scholars in Abuja on 23rd of November 2015, the Minister of State for Education, Anthony Gozie Anwuka affirmed the present administration’s commitment to the education of young Nigerians. He commended the two countries for their support to the Government of Nigeria in the development of the Education sector, noting that Nigeria has enjoyed good bilateral relationship with the two countries, especially in the area of education.
“This event has provided us with opportunity to celebrate our friendship with these nations,” he said.
He also urged the scholars to make good use of the opportunity, award provided and be good ambassadors of Nigeria, stressing that there is no provision for extension of the programme for any reason.
Also speaking at the departure briefing, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Folasade Yemi-Esan said that the scholarship award is another effort of Government to increase access to higher education for the teeming Nigerian youths. She expressed appreciation to the two countries, saying Russia and Algeria have not only been consistent in giving the award, but have gradually increased the number offered.
The Permanent Secretary counseled the scholars to be of good behaviour and be patriotic enough to return to Nigeria on completion of their programmes to contribute their quota to national development.
In a welcome address at the occasion, the Director of the Federal Scholarship Board, Ifeoma Agunwa informed about the processes that culminated to the final selection of the scholars. She expressed appreciation to the Federal Government and the authorities of the Ministry in particular for providing the enabling environment for the board to function.
ABUJA (Federal Ministry of Education Report)
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