Friday, April 24, 2015

House Orders PRESSID Scholarship Stopped Due To Absence Of Northerners On Award List


For the second time in two years, the House of Representatives on Thursday directed that the Presidential Scholarship Scheme on Innovation and Development should be suspended pending its scrutiny of its process, procedures and beneficiaries.

The House committee chairman on education, Hon. Aminu Suleiman, who chaired a public hearing on the matter, expressed regrets that its previous decision was jettisoned by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) with the support of the ex-minister of education, Nyesom Wike.

“Last year we asked for the exercise to be stopped and reversed because some parts of the country felt cheated. Unfortunately, the Executive Secretary of the NUC through the directive of the former minister of education and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), snubbed us. 
“But the committee allowed it to pass believing that a lesson would have been learnt. But here we are again. The same process is being adopted.”

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