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Date: 2012-12-26 22:52:22

Lets always keep you informed! Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday inaugurated a special post-graduate scholarship scheme for all university graduates with a first class degree. Inaugurating a 10-man steering committee for the take off of the scheme, at the State House, Abuja, Jonathan decried the dearth of qualified academic staff in the tertiary institutions. He said that 60 per cent of lecturers in the 124 universities across the country had no Doctorate Degree, noting that the situation “is embarrassing and un-acceptable’’. “The information I got from the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) is that about 60 per cent of our academic staff in our universities don’t have PhD. that is quite embarrassing, I belief the Professors here will also feel bad. ‘’We have 124 universities, Federal, States and private and that is not good enough. ‘`I will set up an inter-ministerial department to work with some of you in the academics to come up with policies for robust training so that young men and women who are interested in academics could go anywhere in the world, that over the years we must bridge that gap.’’ The President said the initiative, which he conceived while as Governor, was aimed at building human resources for sustainable development and national transformation. He said the committee would commence the programme by selecting 100 beneficiaries on merit for post graduate scholarship in science and engineering courses in the best institutions in the world. “Every year, we should tap from among our best brains, selecting our best brains, we are starting with 100 because we have not made adequate arrangement for funding but the number will increase when we make budgetary allocation for it in 2013. “We select our best brain in the area of science, engineering and some areas of economics and expose them to the best facilities available in the world. “The ministry of education and this committee will have to travel to these universities to negotiate for positions in the top 25 universities in the world. “The idea is for you to benefit you must have a first class. It is based purely on merit, no quota. We are giving opportunity for best brains.’’ President said the beneficiaries of the scheme would, on completion of their studies, be mandated to work for the country for a period of five years as lecturers or researchers before they could be allowed to go in to their chosen careers. Jonathan tasked members of the committee to ensure transparency and merit in the choice of the prospective candidates. Responding, the committee’s Chairman, Prof Julius Okojie, thanked the President for the appointment and assured him that they would deliver on their mandate. Other members of the committee include the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Dr Jamaila Shuara and Mrs Iddatu Abdullahi of the Federal Schorlarship Board. The rest are Professors Musa Alabe, Mohammed Sule , Mohammed Onogu, Olurotimi Tayo, William Okowa and Ikenna Onyibe. The Deputy Director, Tertiary Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, will serve as Secretary. 449 First Class Graduates write Presidential Special Scholarship Aptitude Test for 100 Scholarship Slots Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 8:55 AM By Adeola Adeyemo In a bid to reward graduates of Nigerian Universities who complete their studies with a first class degree, President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated a special post-graduate scholarship scheme for them on May 24, 2012. Beneficiaries of the special scheme would be entitled to post graduate scholarships in science and engineering courses in the best Universities across the world. Almost three months after the announcement was made, lots of first class graduates across the country have responded to the scheme as many of them wrote the special aptitude test for the scholarship yesterday. The National Universities Commission (NUC) announced that 449 candidates met the criteria for selection for the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for innovation and development and wrote the Presidential Special Scholarship Aptitude Test. The Executive Secretary of NUC, Julius Okojie who visited the Chams Centre in Abuja where the candidates wrote the test said the selected graduates had obtained First Class degrees from recognised and approved universities. “Of the 449 candidates who are writing the test this year, we are only going to take 100 students from the best of the best,” he told Daily Times. “This scheme is part of the efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda of Mr President. This test will be held annually with 100 students qualifying for the scheme for innovation and development.” He added that the outstanding students would have their postgraduate studies at the top 25 universities in the world. Candidates for the scholarship were drawn from courses in Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Economics, special aspects of Biology, Nuclear Physics, Quantitative Genetics, Medical Biochemistry and Aeronautical engineering, among others. *** When the scholarship scheme was inaugurated, most of the concerns raised that were raised was regarding transparency in the selection of beneficiaries of the scholarship. As most readers on BN commented when the news broke (click here), the scholarship scheme would be laudable if it was transparent. Another major concern was in the narrow selection of the courses eligible for scholarship. As the scholarship scheme progresses to the Aptitude Test stage, what are your thoughts concerning it?

Source: http://nwoyecid.blogspot.com/2012/11/first-class-federal-government.ht

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