Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike To End Scholarship Of Rivers State Students Studying Abroad

Published 3 years ago by: Daniel Bosai
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at 08:59 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)

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The Rivers State government says it can no longer continue to fund the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA, overseas scholarship.

State Commissioner of Agric, Ominim Jack gave the indication while addressing parents of the beneficiaries of the overseas scholarship in Port Harcourt.

Ominim Jack, who now doubles as the acting Executive Director of RSSDA said the state government could no longer sustain the scholarship scheme as a result of the current economic situation in the country.

She, however, proposed that the state government intends to transfer the students back to Nigeria and sustain the full scholarship of the returned students at either the University of Port Harcourt or the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

The state government further said it will only fund students who were on their final year.

“I want to first of all let you know that the Governor, Nyesom Wike takes the education of our students very seriously. Today, we have to be realistic. We all know what is happening in Nigeria. We now have a dwindling revenue both from FAC and IGR. We all know our exchange rates.

“We are here to give a proposal to let you know that the state is committed to pay installmentally for all our final year students totalling almost 200.

“We are putting arrangements in place for students who are not in their final year to get transfer back to schools in Nigeria, especially in Rivers state with full scholarships,” she said.

The plan of the state government was greeted with grumblings, with the parents appealing to Governor Nyesom Wike to consider other means to sustain the overseas scholarship programme.

Some of the Parents told DAILY POST that the decision of the Rivers state government was backward.

“My child is studying in Canada. But how can somebody who is in her 3rd year now return to Nigeria just like that? The curriculum can never be the same. We do not agree with the proposal of governor Wike.”

Another parent said, “For almost one year now, the state government has stopped paying the students their allowance. And we have been taking responsibility for that. We won’t mind to continue but the government should just pay the school fees. It is a very bad decision to withdraw all the students and place them in schools in Port Harcourt. The Governor should not do that.”

Meanwhile, some students who recently returned from the United Kingdom as a result of the failure of the state government to pay their school fees told DAILY POST that they were traumatised by the recent development.

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Wikigenius at 09:18 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Na im one governor go give #433m to a church, dats bad wia all dose money come go
winace at 09:20 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Yes o they shld cum bak to Nigeria and school o. D thief dat gave them scholarship is in abuja and he has abandon them long b4 now.
akinmanchy at 09:26 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Nigeria my dear country where corruption and mismanagement is the order of the day

angesco at 09:49 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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The parents must be traumatised.

After all "scholarships" in Nigeria are based on "who you know," and how much BRIBE you pay out the "benefactor." Secondly,  this is what comes with a change in LEADERSHIP in Naija!!!!
gloryeyo at 09:53 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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hmmmm make the come back na nothing to do about it
gloryeyo at 09:54 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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hmmmm make the come back na nothing to do about it
yebo15 at 10:02 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Agreed let them come back it's better for them rather than staying there and suffering when they run out of cash because schooling without cash is really difficult worst of all being in another man's country.
zezprincess at 10:11 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Sowiiiii,Amechi has to be blame,coperate thief in disquise.
dastan902 at 10:40 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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dastan902 at 10:41 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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dastan902 at 10:41 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Ladyhap at 11:26 AM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Will the scholarship continue here in Nigeria if they come back?
dickieponga at 01:03 PM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Don't do it cos dose students go suffer well, well...
How come we don't get our priorities right...?
D money u dey give dose students no even reach d money u wan give church...
I don't understand people's mentality...
Do u know one of dose students can become a govnor oneday and thank u for dat sponsorship...?
Oh sorry ur thinking cap is switched off no point talking to a dead brain...
kp45 at 01:50 PM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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Why will you start what you cant finish. All these guys hope they know they are funny.
Anny01 at 02:15 PM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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It's part of the change in our country.
Trueyarn at 02:48 PM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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The governor should just exercise patience till they round up or better still,they parents should just try and sponsor the rest since their son are almost through.
Novic at 04:47 PM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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You this people have damage this young one's live. how you people want to cm bck to these country and study when you have use abroad to taste there mouth, that is really unfair.
gogoman at 06:23 PM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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see them idiot!! low thinking people
osarobo62 at 09:23 PM, 3/12/2015 (3 years ago)
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what AMAECHI did successfully for years....PDP WIKE could not do in 6 months.
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