This decision of the Nigerian government should make some students happy and they may be expecting a credit alert soon.

So many Nigerian students have been expectant of a payment for their scholarship, but it never came.

Over the weekend, the Federal Government said it had released 9.5 billion Naira for the payment of backlog of scholarship allowances owed Nigerian students at home and abroad up to December 2018.

Mr Asta Ndajiwo is the Director of the Federal Scholarship Board and he represented the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, at a press conference in Abuja.

The Minister's representative said with the current release, the administration of Muhammadu Buhari would be spending a total of 10 billion Naira for payment of scholarship to students in the 2018 budget “and we are determined to do more’’.

He said the government had already expended over 800 million Naira in 2018 for the payment of scholarship stipends to students at home and abroad. 

”Let me use this opportunity to direct the scholarship board to immediately undertake all due processes required to clear the backlog of scholarship allowances owed Nigerian students both home and abroad.

”The Federal Government has already released the sum of 9,752,000 Naira for this purpose.

”In the third edition of our weekend press briefing, I informed you that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has already expended over 800 million Naira in payment of scholarship stipend.

Adamu said that the board had inherited scholarship liabilities from the scheme operated by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

While the beneficiaries are waiting to receive their payment, the government said there should be a thorough verification before payment.

Adamu emphasised that the board must ascertain that the admissions of such scholars were still valid and that the scholars were still currently pursuing their programmes.

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The decision may have been taken because of the rise in the number of scholarship applicants for the four scholarship schemes which used to be 12,000 but now 30,000.

The minister then appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to call off their prolonged strikes in the interest of Nigeria, parents and students.

Nigeria has four scholarship opportunities which can be enjoyed by students to further their academic pursuits.

They are the Commonwealth scholarship, the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) scholarship, the Federal Government scholarship and the Sustainable Development Goals scholarship.

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