A total of 222 girls have been offered scholarship to study in various tertiary institutions in the country under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Female Special Scholarship Awards.
They were shortlisted from 338 candidates who participated in the screening process.
Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Adamu Hussaini ,made a symbolic presentation of the awards to successful candidates in Abuja on Monday, August 21.
He said the award was an effort by the Federal Government to achieve the SDGs goal four tagged “Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women” by the year 2030 and beyond.
He said the ministry would continue to build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000-2015, which made gender equality a top priority.
Hussaini enjoined states and local governments to key into the programme to afford Nigerian girls the opportunity to access quality education.
In a welcome address at the presentation, the Director, Federal Scholarship Board, Hajiya Natsu Aisha, said that the special scholarship programme focuses on enabling female scholars to enroll, be retained and complete tertiary education programmes at the university, polytechnic or college of education.
Deputy Director, Nigerian Award at the Federal Scholarship Board, Mr Prinzo Nwanyadimo said that the awardees were nominated through an Inter-Ministerial Committee in February, based on their performances in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Nwanyadimo further explained that scholarship was only tenable in public tertiary institutions, with emphasis on nursing, medicine, laboratory science, law, technical and vocational education courses.
“Each state was awarded two slots for university while GEP states got four slots each in polytechnics and Colleges of Education” he said.
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