River State Government Plans to Withdraw Students on Foreign 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.

Author: Amakvitaa

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