No fewer than 115 Nigerian Students have benefited from the 2017/2018 Bilateral Education Agreement Scholarship Programme to Russia and Algeria.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, during an Orientation Programme held for the scholars in Abuja on Wednesday, disclosed that 94 scholars will be going to Russia while 21 would be going to Algeria.
The minister who was represented by the Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Lami Amodu, urged the scholars to be of good character and abide by the laws of the countries they were going.
He also urged them to study hard so they could finish with excellent results that would make the country proud.
“I wish to inform you that for this Bilateral Education Agreement scholarship award, tuition fees, accommodation and little stipend will be provided by the donor country.
“Nigeria will provide supplementary allowance of $6,000 per annum for feeding, local transportation, maintenance, equipment and books to the beneficiaries.
“The Federal Government will also give beneficiaries warm clothing allowance of $250 per annum, health insurance of $200 annually, take-off grant of N60,000 at departure for undergraduates as well as N100,000 before departure for postgraduate students,” he said.
The minister added that passages in form of one-way tickets to the country of study and return ticket at the end of the course would be paid through the Nigeria mission.
In her welcome address, the Director/Secretary, Federal Scholarship Board, Mrs Asta Ndajiwo, advised the students to study hard in order to come out with excellent results.
Ndajiwo urged the scholars to contact the Association of Nigerian Students and the embassies in both countries of study if they had any complaints.