Written by Austine ELEMUE

10,000 FCT residents get scholarship in 9 years

Records from the FCT education secretariat have shown that no fewer than 10, 952 FCT residents have benefited from different scholarship awards to study in various tertiary institutions. 

The secretary for education, Dr. Bala Liman, made this disclosure while speaking at a sensitization meeting with stakeholders on the activities of the FCT Scholarship Board in Abuja, last week. 

Speaking on the enormity of providing education to all residents, the secretary said: "The provision of education is a huge responsibility that everyone must be actively in and cannot be left as the sole responsibility of government especially considering the government's limited resources. 

"There is therefore the need for all stakeholders identified in the FCT policy guidelines on education to come together to give their maximum support towards this noble cause. Notable among these stakeholders are the International Development Partners as well as indigenous private organisations, including today's audience -the Abuja Indigenous Students Association, AISA, 

"In keeping with its mission and mandate, the board since inception in 2010, has supported the education of 10, 952 in various fields. I urge you to assist the board by providing necessary information about past scholarship beneficiaries in various Miniseries, Department and Agencies in Nigeria and other business around the world, to jointly brainstorm and identify possible areas of assistance to the teeming applications for the FCT scholarship awards." 

The secretary also revealed that the board has concluded arrangements for the disbursement of scholarship funds to about 6,942 beneficiaries in the six Area Councils of the FCT and also appreciated the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for completing the permanent office of the board in Wuse zone 3." 

Director of the board, Isah Rany, who spoke earlier appealed to both local and international donor agencies to support education of the indigent pupils and students, adding that most of their parents were peasant and economically backward farmers. 

According to him, such support would complement government efforts in increasing access to qualitative education to FCT children at all levels. 

The director averred that the board sponsored 6,880 in ICT, science and technology; 394 in medical and para-medical sciences; 2, 829 in education, social and management sciences; while 38 were sponsored in Law, totalling 10,151 members of the AISA that have benefited from the FCT scholarship scheme since 2010. 

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