Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment towards providing good welfare package for hard working Delta students across the state and in diaspora through the State Scholarship and Bursary Board.
The Executive Secretary, Delta State Scholarship and Bursary Board, Comrade Elijah Ologe stated this while playing host to members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Delta State Council in his office in Asaba.
Comrade Ologe revealed that 156 families and 285 applicants have so far benefited from the Scholarship for Children of deceased Civil Servants while noting that about 50 PhD, three M.sc and 19 undergraduate students have benefitted from the internal and local Scholarship Scheme.
He maintained that the Board would not entertain any favouritism in the dispense of scholarship, stressing that the criteria for accessing the scholarship scheme is based only on merit even as he disclosed that the State Government, despite the economic hardship had disbursed the 2015/2016 bursary to the students of the State origin.
The Executive Secretary explained the various schemes of the Board to include, the Bursary Scheme, Scholarship for Children of deceased Civil Servants, Internal and Local Students Scholarship, Overseas Scholarship, Scholarship for law students, Scholarship for people living with disabilities as well as First class Scholarship, even as he stated that the present economic crunch in the country has put a temporary stop to the First Class Scholarship Scheme, and that the scheme will be back to life as soon as the economic situation of the State improves.
Ologe commended women and the Fourth Estate of the Realm for their unique role in information dissemination in the society, noting that their role brought about democracy in the country.
The Bursary boss, commended the women journalists for the sensitization of students in secondary schools across the State against social vices through its FRITH club, also called on them not to relent in their task of disseminating factual and objective information to the public, even as he promised to partner with the Association through its FRITH Club in promoting educating the girl child and the younger generation.
Earlier the Chairman of the Association, Comrade Pat Gbemudu, while thanking the Executive Secretary for the various activities of the Board in assisting students of Delta State origin through the disbursement of scholarship, assured him of the Association’s co-operation towards ensuring that the public would be properly informed of the activities and procedures of assessing the various schemes of the Board.