GOV DICKSON APPROVES N250M FOR STUDENTS IN RUSSIA, MALAYSIA, OTHERS; REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO THEIR WELFARE DESPITE DECLINE IN REVENUE.
Governor Seriake Dickson has approved the sum of the N250m (Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) to offset the State government’s foreign scholarship obligations in Russia, Malaysia and other parts of the world.
This is coming after the state government had only a few weeks ago done same for its students in the United Kingdom.
The Governor, who also ordered the immediate release of the sum, restated his administration’s commitment to the welfare of all Bayelsans under government scholarships, stressing that, the state scholarships Board has been mandated to fast-track the remittance of the money to the students and the various institutions concerned.
He equally urged the students to be patient, assuring that, efforts were in top gear at ensuring that, the monies are remitted by the end of this month.
Hon. Dickson expressed regret over the undue delay in the remittance of funds to the students blaming it on bank procedures, which must be complied with for such transfers to be effected.
He reaffirmed the Government’s resolve to fulfill its scholarship obligations, despite the unexpected decline in the State’s revenue from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), assuring that, steps will be taken to forestall any delays in the process in the future.
On his part, Chairman of the Bayelas State Scholarships Board, Evangelist Foster Ogola, appealed to all students on state government scholarship to exercise restraint, as the board was doing everything humanly possible to ensure that, monies meant for them are remitted to them as and when due.