Ogun To Pay N120m Bursary Awards0
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has approved N120 million to be paid as bursary and scholarship awards to 10,770 students of the state origin in higher institutions across the country. The sum of money was arrived at after the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, initiated a thorough overhaul of the payment process of the bursary, scholarship and other grants to students aimed at ensuring a transparent and improved payment system.
The process, according to the Commissioner, Barr. Segun Odubela has helped the Ministry to arrive at a correct number of beneficiaries instead of the initial 49,298 that applied. “When I realized that if we want to increase the amount being paid to the beneficiaries, we need to ensure that the figures are correct and cover only genuine beneficiaries. So, we requested the institutions to forward names of students of Ogun State origin, their bank account details, names and addresses of their parents and each student should personally append his or her signature on the returns. This has helped us to arrive at realistic figures of beneficiaries and the amount required”, said Odubela.
Under the new bursary awards, Ogun State students in the Nigerian Law School who were collecting N50, 000 will now get N100, 000 each. The pupils with special needs in primary schools will get N10, 000 each instead of the N8,000 they were getting while each of their secondary school and tertiary institution counterparts will get N20,000 and N30,000 respectively. Final year students in tertiary institutions will get N10,000 each instead of the N3,000 they were taking while others at the various levels in higher institutions will be paid N5,000 instead of N1, 500 paid under the old arrangement.
Students under the state scholarship scheme will also enjoy an increment in the amount of money due to them. The state scholars will now get N30, 000 each instead of the sum ranging between N8, 000-N25, 000. The beneficiaries consist of 226 law students, 432 physically challenged (8 in primary school, 314 in secondary school and 110 in tertiary institutions) 235 state scholars, 4,782 final year tertiary institution students and 5,988 students on other levels. Odubela stated that Governor Amosun has directed that the total money for the bursary scholarship awards should be taken from the year 2012 budget of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.