- by admin 22 August 2012
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson says government will support graduands of the Secondary School Scholarship programme in their university education. The Scholarship Scheme was instituted in 2006 by one time Governor of the state and now President of the country, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking in Yenagoa at an interactive session with graduands of the scholarship programme, Governor Dickson directed the State Ministry of Education to work out modalities to further assist those who have already gained admission to study in universities both within and outside the country.
The number of beneficiaries per school are, Bowen College, Lekki Phase 2, 26 students, The Bells Comprehensive Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State, 30, Nigerian Turkish International College, Abuja, 8 and the Vale College, Ibadan, 26.
Governor Dickson who described the graduands as the future of the State and country, expressed government’s commitment to equip the young ones with the requisite skills and values to enable them compete effectively with their contemporaries in an increasingly competitive global economy.
The Governor promised to consolidate on the worthy educational legacies left behind by President Jonathan, and christened the programme “The Bayelsa Restoration Scholarship Scheme” which he noted has already started the selection process for the next batch of 200 students.
According to him, the selection process of the scheme will be an annual event, while the process will be made competitive and fair with a view to ensuring that only the best pupils emerge as beneficiaries.
Hon. Dickson also admonished the graduands to continue to see themselves as role models for the younger generation and commended the President Jonathan and former Governor of the State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha for their vision in the education sector.
During the interactive session, the graduands spoke of their experiences. Mr. Daniel Koroye, who is one of the graduands of the Nigerian Turkish International College, said the major challenge was the language barrier as they studied French, Turkish and Yoruba, while Mr. Timipre Shuaibu, an Assistant Head Boy in Bowen College, explained that apart from academics, the school also focused on practical and moral education.
Mr. Lucky Azibanengi, who was made a Senior Prefect in his school, noted that they were able to surmount their challenges through hard work and obedience and thanked the President for the opportunity given to them.
In their separate speeches, parents of the graduands, Mrs. Cecelia Ogbara and Mr. Bright Yougha, said there has been a great improvement in the quality of education attained by their children.
According to them, the children were exposed to high quality education and it is obvious that when the youths are given the opportunity they will prove their mettle. They expressed gratitude to President Jonathan for the scholarship and urged Governor Dickson to sustain the programme.
A total of one hundred students benefited from the scholarship scheme.
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