By George Onah
Port Harcourt – Rivers State government has sent 300 youths to India to study medicine, technology, engineering and other science-related courses, under the 2009/2010 Governorâ€™s Special Overseas and Nigerian Scholarship scheme.
In an interview in Port Harcourt,Â Executive Director of Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, Mr. Bola Ogunseye, said the selection of the youths for the course was competitive and done through a fair and transparent process.
Ogunseye said the agency received over 30,000 applications and another 5,000 online, following which out of the 30,000, only 19,000 were invited for aptitude test.
He said the invitees accounted for 80 percent score line and that 586 applicants were invited for oral interview, which comprised the physically challenged, stating that the category accounted for 20 percent.
Disclosing the sincerity of the agency in selecting the applicants and successful ones, he said 90 percent of those selected were based on absolute merit, while eight candidates were selected per local government area.
Ogunseye said 15 physically challenged persons, who were successful at the interview, would either be trained in the best private universities in the country or sent abroad, pointing out that the philosophy behind the programme was to build middle and high level manpower.