- The federal government has awarded full scholarship up to PhD level to three young scientists
- President Buhari commended the creativity and competitive spirit of the successful candidates
- According to the president, the future of Nigerians belongs to the youths and it behoves on government to create the enabling environment for them to develop to their fullest potential
Full scholarship up to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level has been awarded to three young scientists who came tops at the 2018 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award Competition, by the federal government.
The announcement was made by President Muhammadu Buhari, while declaring open the Technology and Innovation Expo 2019 in Enugu, Enugu state, Tribune reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the president, who was represented by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, commended the creativity and competitive spirit of the successful candidates - Okeke Favour Obianuju from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Fafemi Fisayo Daniel from Kwara state and Joshua John Mark from Akwa Ibom state, who emerged first, second and third respectively.
Buhari said his administration would continue to support human resource development which is richly embodied in the youth who make up tens of millions of incredibly talented persons constantly pushing and striving towards greatness. He added that Nigeria’s greatest resource is human capital.
He said: “The future of Nigerians belongs to our youths and it behoves on government to create the enabling environment for them to develop to their fullest potential. We will harness their energy and their talents to make Nigeria achieve true greatness."
The president said in order to take Nigeria to the next level of prosperity and stability, it is his conviction that government needs to ensure effective promotion and application of science and technology .
He said: “This we can only achieve by deploying innovations in science and technology to improve on our existing and new infrastructure, fighting corruption and poverty, improvement in national security, promotion of job creation and encourage local and foreign investment.
“The government will support the creation of invention funds to strengthen research and development, training programmes and partnership with tertiary institutions, technical schools and trade centres in the area of research.
"To this end, the National Science Research and Innovation Fund (NSRIF) is being considered to remove grey areas for the passage into law."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government said it had released N9.5 billion for the payment of backlog of scholarship allowances owed Nigerian students at home and abroad up to December 2018.
The minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by Alhaja Asta Ndajiwo, the director, Federal Scholarship Board, disclosed this during a press conference in Abuja.
Adamu said that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari had already expended over N800 million in 2018 for the payment of scholarship stipends to students at home and abroad.
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