The Oyo State government says over 100 candidates from the state would benefit in the first tranche of the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority Scholarship for 100 level students in Nigerian universities.
The Executive Assistant (Administration) to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe, made this known in Ibadan at the venue of the Computer-Based Test organised for applicants of the scholarship.
“As directed by His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, we have successfully selected some of the indigenes and indigent students in 100-level studying in Nigerian universities. His Excellency felt we need to pick the best and let the process be fair to give all the various students in 100-level the opportunity to come and put their intelligence to bear.
“At the end of the day, we will recommend the best to the organiser of the scholarship, which is going to be conducted by Total, an international organisation. So, we felt we should put our best foot forward in nominating the best students, who are indigenes and indigents in Oyo State.”
While noting that the CBT would assess candidates on Mathematics, English, Aptitude and Critical Thinking to give all applicants equal leverage, Ogedengbe noted that the scholarship was not from the Oyo State Scholarship Board, but that it followed a request to Governor Makinde by the chairman of the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority, to nominate candidates for the scholarship.
“We are also doing this irrespective of the disciplines the students are into and whatever courses they are studying. That is why we made sure that the kind of questions we are giving to them are the ones that cut across all disciplines; Mathematics, English. We are also looking at Aptitude Test.
Speaking on the prospect of the scholarship programme, Ogedengbe stated that “The prospect is high because it is actually organised by a Joint Development Authority that manages the offshore site of Nigeria with some other countries.
“So, they would have put in some money for this purpose and we are quite confident that whosoever is selected will enjoy the benefits. But it has to be competitive, because we want to ensure that it is the best qualified that will get the opportunity.
“This programme is in tranches. The first tranche is 100 and after that, we will still have another opportunity. Apart from nominating the students for the Sao-Tome programme, it is to also throw up our very good students.”