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Bayelsa to help the kids

07 August 2014, 20:55

Bayelsa - Bayelsa State has approved the sum of the N250 million to offset the government's foreign scholarship obligations.

The scholarships were secured in Russia and Malaysia among other countries.

Governor Seriake Dickson has ordered the immediate release of the money.

The governor restated his administration's commitment to the welfare of the state citizens under the government scholarships.

He stressed that the state scholarships Board has been mandated to fast-track the remittance of the money to the students and the various institutions concerned.

Dickson urged the students to be patient and assured them that efforts were in top gear at ensuring that, the monies are remitted by the end of this month.

He expressed regret over the undue delay in the remittance of funds to the students blaming it on bank procedures, which must be complied with for such transfers to be effected.

The governor reaffirmed government's resolve to fulfill its scholarship obligations, despite the unexpected decline in the State's revenue from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), assuring that, steps will be taken to forestall any delays in the process in the future.

Chairman of the State Scholarships Board, Foster Ogola, appealed to all students on state government scholarship to exercise restraint, as the board was doing everything possible to ensure that money meant for them was remitted.

- CAJ News

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