Beneficiaries of the Presidential Scholarship
Scheme studying in the U.S. and UK have been rated among
top grades by their various universities.
It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan in
2012, established the scholarship scheme for innovation and
development in order to further the education of students
with first class degrees to 25 top rated universities in the
Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary of the National
Universities Commission said during an interactive session
with the students in London, said he was glad that the
scheme has taken -off.
” The American system has a 4 point maximum scale, most
of our students are on 3.8 or 4 points which is very
outstanding, and no student has failed to transit from
Masters to PhD, this is also a good record.
” It means that this scheme itself shows that the quality of
our product is good,”he said.
Okojie who also doubles as the Chairman of the Scheme,
said that the performance of the students were being
monitored on a regular basis” we monitor them and get
reports from their supervisors.”
According go him no student has dropped out of the
programme since it began, noting that such scheme is one
of the administration’s best scholarship programmes.
While addressing concerns of delayed allowances and
entitlements raised by the students, Okojie said that the
issue was being addressed by a new project implementation
He tasked the student on the need to return home upon
completion of their studies” you are the next generation , on
completion of your courses you are expected back to the
” You are all expected to return back home to contribute to
nation building by bringing innovations that will drive the
economy,” Okojie told the students.
Also speaking, Kunle Gbamgbose, Deputy High
Commissioner to the UK urged the students to continue to
strive for excellence in their studies.
” You are Nigeria’s testimony, you have done well to have
been selected, it is time to make the nation proud. your
success will determine the continuity of the Programme.”
He said that most developed nations invested in their people
and that was what Nigeria was emulating in building the
capacity of the students .
” In spite of the challenges in the country, Nigeria is the only
place where you can be honoured, there is the need for you
to give back to the society upon graduation,” he said.
Some of the students who spoke expressed gratitude for the
opportunity to further their education and promised to return
home after their studies.
Beneficiaries of the scheme in the UK are studying various
courses in five universities namely the Universities of
Oxford, Cambridge , Edingburg and the University College
London as well as Imperial College.