Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Nigeria’s minister for education, has announced the Federal Government’s plan to sponsor 100 first class graduates for further studies abroad.
The minister made this announcement on Sunday during a media interaction and an awards ceremony in Kano.
Shekarau said the lucky students would be sponsored under the Special Presidential Scholarship Programme.
According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan has instructed the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to select the best graduates and secure admissions for them to study up to doctorate level in universities abroad.
“President Jonathan instructed that best students should be screened all over the country irrespective of their locations for scholarships outside the country,” he said.
Shekarau said the first batch had been screened and would soon leave the country to study in the best 25 universities in the world.
The minister said as part of the government’s effort to provide Nigerians qualitative education some university lecturers had been sponsored for various training locally and abroad.
“The lecturers will study both within and outside Nigeria under the Tertiary Educational Trust Fund (TETFund).