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Bayelsa expands scholarship programme

11 June 2014, 07:39Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Bayelsa State Government has expanded its scholarship scheme to cover online studies.

The project is expected to take off in September this year in Yenagoa.

State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has approved 480 scholars to participate in the newly-introduced online studies programme for the 2014/2015 academic session with various degree awarding universities.

According to a government house statement, the Governor disclosed this at an interactive forum with scholars on Bayelsa State Government scholarship studying in London, the United Kingdom.

He explained that the online scholarship scheme would be spread across universities in six continents including Australia, America, Asia, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe.

The governor said the current administration decided to sustain and expand the scholarship programme to promote human capacity development and Ijaw national integration.

“Education is the greatest legacy we can bequeath to the succeeding generation. Any society that does not invest sufficiently in its human capital development is living on borrowed time. Any society that does not take the education of its people seriously is sitting on a keg of gunpowder," Dickson said.

"That is why the state government declared a state of emergency on education as well as declared compulsory and free education. We are introducing compulsory boarding in secondary schools and government will take responsibility for their feeding upkeep and maintenance.”

He blamed the slight delay in remittances to the scholars on the sharp decline in revenues accruing to the state from the federation account.

Dickson said government had nonetheless paid part of the pending scholarship obligations totaling N6.5billion.

- CAJ News

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