By Aliyu Dangida & Tina Akannam.
DUTSE â€” Secretaries of State Scholarship Boards have been urged to be ICT acquiescent and create awareness among their candidates, aimed at making them to take full advantage of the newly introduced schemes by the Federal Government.
Secretary of Federal Scholarship Board, Mrs. O. I. Aghachi, stated this in her welcome address at the 22nd Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting, CCM, of the Secretaries of Federal and State Scholarship Boards in Dutse.
She said the decision of the board to make this appeal was sequel to the global trend applications for scholarship schemes which were made through electronic system, adding that most donor countries are insisting on examination certificates rather than results before students can be selected for scholarship awards.
Mrs Aghachi said the board had also made necessary arrangement with the examination bodies such as the WAEC and NECO to issue examination certificates on time to scholars as the number of scholarship award depended on the eventual selection by donor countries and not Nigeria, pointing out that some educational consultants will be speaking on educational opportunities available in foreign institutions at affordable cost.
The Board, according to her, is delighted to note that some states are now awarding scholarship to their brilliant students knowing full well that competition at federal level is very keen for the limited number of available awards.
She described Jigawa State as one the states in the federation leading in the sponsoring of its natives abroad to study and called on other states to do the same.
Also speaking, Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Rukayyatu Ahmed Rufai, said the meeting, which is being hosted for the first time in the state, would afford the delegates a chance to see the stark reality of federal set-up and also to assess the level of remarkable transformation taking place.
She recalled that some years back, the state was denied the opportunity to host this meeting owing to the decay in all sectors of the economy in the state.
She noted that with the coming of Lamidoâ€™s administration in just two and a half years, â€œthe lost glory of the education has been brought back and can now compete with any state in the federation as some are emulating our programmes and polices of developing education.”
She then commended the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Scholarship Board for the honour bestowed on the state to host the event.