Bursary and scholarship schemes sinebe advocates measures to eliminate ghost students
21 Sep, 2016
Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, Engr. Jude Sinebe, has called on the Executive Secretary of the state Bursary and Scholarship Board, Comrade Elijah ologe, to institutionalize efficient and reliable measures that would get rid of ghost students from the state bursary and scholarship scheme.
Sinebe, who was speaking during his familiarization visit to the Board, noted that the call was necessitated by the need to ensure that only genuine students who were qualified for the bursary and scholarship programmes of the state government benefit from the scheme
He condemned a situation where some students who were supposed to run a four year academic programme spent between six and eight years in tertiary institutions drawing bursary from the board without graduating, adding that such a phenomenon should stop henceforth..
While underscoring the importance of the Board which, according to him, has a lot to do in the lives of genuine students of Delta State origin in tertiary institutions of learning within and outside the country, the commissioner said that efforts would be made to address the problem of inadequate computer systems in the Board in order to enhance its performance in terms of service delivery vis-à-vis its core mandate.
Earlier in his welcome speech, Executive Secretary of the Board appealed to the Commissioner to assist the Board in addressing some of the challenges inhibiting operational activities of the Board, pointing out that the appeal had become imperative as it would significantly go a long way in helping the board to carry out its mandate.
Apart from the approval given by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Secretary said, there are still some backlogs of payments in the bursary and scholarship schemes that have not been paid, adding that the development was as a result of non release of funds to the Board.
According to him, the Board was having the problems of overhead cost, lack of operational vehicles and inadequate infrastructural facilities among others, even as he reiterated his appeal to the commissioner to assist the board by helping to facilitate the release of funds to it.