By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT â€” Â Â Â DELTA State government has been urged to come up with a bursary scheme to cater for self-sponsored students overseas.
A press statement issued by the Scotland chapter of the National Association of Delta State Students, NADESSTU, and signed by the UK Coordinator of the body, Adidi Okiemute, andÂ Secretary, Omatseye Nana Tosan, also enjoined Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to prevail on the Ministry of Education to make the scholarship scheme for oversea students more transparent.
A copy of the statement which was made available to Vanguard online by the Coordinator of the body, further said the student group had passed a vote of overwhelming confidence in Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for being able to provide what they termed leadership in the state at a time they viewed as trying.
â€œAn extensive Executive meeting of the Scotland chapters was held at The Hub, University of Aberdeen, to appraise the welfare and challenges faced by Delta State students studying in the United Kingdom.
“The meeting, among other issues, deliberated on the funding constraint and relevance of the different fields of expertise members have come to the UK to acquire and the impact this has on the economy of Nigeria, particularly Delta State.
â€œMembers present expressed dissatisfaction with the Ministry of Educationâ€™s inability to draw up a tentative policy to evaluate and monitor the efficiency of its Overseas’ Scholarship awarded to Delta State students and frowned on the frustrating condition scholars go through to access the funds.
“It was equally observed that while students studying in the country had access to bursary from the state government through the Ministry of Education, self-sponsored students in diaspora were not considered for the scheme. “This was considered insensitive and a deprivation of our right as Deltans, especially when most of us return to Nigeria to contribute to the advancement of the state, irrespective of the personal cost invested.
â€œAt the end of the meeting, a vote of confidence was passed on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and his ability to provide leadership for the state at these trying economic times.”