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FG blames COVID-19 for delay in awarding scholarships

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Government has come out to blame COVID-19 for the delay in awarding overseas scholarship, under the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA).

BEA is Division of the Federal Scholarship Board (FSB), primarily charged with the responsibility of implementing scholarship awards between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Governments of Countries that have signed BEA with Nigeria.

Countries like Algeria, China, Egypt etc are signed to this, and for all the non-English speaking countries, scholars are made to study in the language of the countries except Hungary.

Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, disclosed that the ministry had no hand in the purported ‘ fake list’ of scholarship awardees on social media platforms.

Goong who described the list on social media under the title ‘Justice To One Is Justice To All’ as mere mischief informed candidates that “the ministry wishes to state that the list, which has been partly extracted and manipulated from applications received by the ministry only for awards obtainable for Russia, did not emanate from the ministry and is purely the handiwork of mischief-makers”.

He continued by saying that “the conclusion of the 2020 awards has been delayed due to the impact of Covid-19 and will be uploaded on the Ministry’s website as soon as the exercise is concluded.”

“The authentic list of all the scholarship awardees from 2009 to date is available on the ministry’s website (www.education.gov.ng) for members of the public to access,” Goong said.

Goong further revealed that “candidates will be contacted directly by the Federal Scholarship Board and the awarding/host countries on their selection.”

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