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Scholarship Program For First Class University Graduates Launched


Scholarship Program For First Class University Graduates Launched

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May 24, 2012 – Nigeria: Scholarship Program For First Class University Graduates

On Thursday May 24, 2012, GEJ introduces a special Scholarship Program (Post Graduate) for all Nigerian University graduates with a first class degree.

According to Mr President, 60% of lecturers in the 124 universities across the Nigeria had no Doctorate Degree, noting that the situation “is embarrassing and un-acceptable’’.

The information I got from the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) is that about 60 per cent of our academic staff in our universities don’t have PhD. that is quite embarrassing, I belief the Professors here will also feel bad. ‘’We have 124 universities, Federal, States and private and that is not good enough. ‘`I will set up an inter-ministerial department to work with some of you in the academics to come up with policies for robust training so that young men and women who are interested in academics could go anywhere in the world, that over the years we must bridge that gap.’’

The President said the initiative, which he conceived while as Governor, was aimed at building human resources for sustainable development and national transformation.

He said the committee would commence the programme by selecting 100 beneficiaries on merit for post graduate scholarship in science and engineering courses in the best institutions in the world. “Every year, we should tap from among our best brains, selecting our best brains, we are starting with 100 because we have not made adequate arrangement for funding but the number will increase when we make budgetary allocation for it in 2013. “We select our best brain in the area of science, engineering and some areas of economics and expose them to the best facilities available in the world. “The ministry of education and this committee will have to travel to these universities to negotiate for positions in the top 25 universities in the world. “The idea is for you to benefit you must have a first class. It is based purely on merit, no quota. We are giving opportunity for best brains.’’

He said the beneficiaries of the scheme would, on completion of their studies, be mandated to work for the country for a period of five years as lecturers or researchers before they could be allowed to go in to their chosen careers.

Jonathan tasked members of the committee to ensure transparency and merit in the choice of the prospective candidates.

The committee’s Chairman, Prof Julius Okojie, thanked the President for the appointment and assured him that they would deliver on their mandate. Other members of the committee include the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Dr Jamaila Shuara and Mrs Iddatu Abdullahi of the Federal Schorlarship Board. The rest are Professors Musa Alabe, Mohammed Sule , Mohammed Onogu, Olurotimi Tayo, William Okowa and Ikenna Onyibe.The Deputy Director, Tertiary Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, will serve as Secretary.



  1. Fredrick Udeh

    May 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Thank that president himself has steped into this matter. There are numerous First Class graduates in Nigeria are presently doing nothing, even to secure addmision for PG programmes are posing much constraints. Many who are interested to remain in academics are outrightly often rejected by universities. I am making this comment from experience. I am a First Class graduate and have visited several universities for employment as Graduate Assistant but unfortunately all the universities visited refused inthoto without even interview to access my capability. Well if this present policy from the President will be implemented without fear or favour, then, there is hope for our teaming and the education sector at large. I once again extend my profound gratitude to His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for thiss giant stride. KEEP IT UP! From FRED.

  2. Saheed

    May 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    This is a sign of success in Nigeria expecially in the educational sector.Thank Mr president for making this move.

  3. Prof

    May 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Thanks to Mr. President. Is there any link to apply for this or will the selecting go to schools and pick up list of first class graduates….
    Need reply anybody can help..

  4. Temidayo Adetunji A

    May 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Nigeria is waking up! With time if corruption is brought to the minimum,things will be better.pls the committee should be with out logo partial.

  5. emmanue ndubuisi

    June 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    please when and how would the selection process begin? i need answers pls

  6. Albert Chinda Philemon

    June 6, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Thanks, Mr President for initiating this gesture in your administration. How is it going to be done?

  7. Idogho Gift

    June 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Am so happy with this new improvement for our country by Mr. President. I love this but I need more details on how it will work and how candidates will be selected

  8. Binta sanni

    July 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    He has done wel if it wil be implemented. What about dos with Distinction frm federal polytechnic?


    September 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Mr president,infact you realy try,but what about other grade bcos there are some people with second clas that better first class.thanks sir

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