By Martin Paul in Abuja
One hundred and fifteen Nigerian students left Abuja this afternoon under the 2017/2018 Bilateral Education agreement scholarship programme to Russia and Algeria.
Ninety-four scholars are going to Russia, while 21 proceeded to Algeria, just as offers also came from countries like China 4, Egypt 10, Morocco 54, while that of Serbia is still being awaited.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, while speaking with the scholars at orientation programme, disclosed that students for Hungary had earlier departed for the country.
“I wish to inform you that for this Bilateral Education Agreement scholarship award, tuition fees, accommodation and little stipend will be provided by the donor country, while Nigeria provide the others”, Adamu, who represented by Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs. Lami Amodu, said.
He named areas Nigeria would provide for to include supplementary allowance of $6, 000 per annum for feeding, local transportation, maintenance, equipment and books.
The country would also offer warm clothing allowance of $250 per annum, health insurance of $200 per annum, take-off grant of N60, 000 at departure for undergraduates as well as N100, 000 before departure for postgraduate students.
“Passages in the form of one-way tickets to the country of study and return ticket at the end of the course paid through the Nigeria mission, while medical allowances of $500 per annum for medical students is paid after the first year of language course”, Adamu further disclosed.
He advised the scholars that “the countries you are going to have their laws and customs and you are expected to respect them always”.
While congratulating the scholars, Adamu advised parents and guidance to often communicate with their wards and encourage them in their new environments.
In her welcome address, the Director/Secretary, Federal Scholarship Board, Mrs. H. A. Ndajiwo, advised the students to brace with the Association of Nigerian Students and the embassies in both countries of studies, if they had any complaints.