By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Hope Eghagha, has said the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has approved payment of the 2009 Students Special Assistance Scheme to eligible undergraduates of tertiary institutions of the state origin.
Eghagha, who disclosed this while addressing students of the state origin at Enugu State University of Technology and Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, said the scheme was a show of governmentâ€™s commitment to the well being of students of the state origin.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students Affairs, Comrade Mike Akpobire, told the students that government was mindful of the fact that some eligible Deltans in various tertiary institutions were not benefitting from the scheme.
He said it was in pursuit of a solution to the problem that he came with the Executive Secretary of the State Bursary and Scholarship Board, Mr. Peter Amromanoh, and other officials of the Board to see the students.
Noting that the state was set to pay the 2009 Students Special Assistance Scheme by November, 2009, he urged the students who were qualified to follow up with the process to benefit from the scheme.
Answering questions from students, the Executive Secretary of the State Bursary and Scholarship Board, Mr. Peter Amromanoh, said the exercise would be carried out online from next year to avoid lapses and delay in the disbursement of funds.
He commended the students for their orderly conduct and assured them that government was determined to meet their aspirations.