A report by Breaking Times indicates that President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari is set to scrap the scholarship scheme, which has empowered thousands of indigent Nigerian youths to pursue their educational aspirations abroad and the YouWiN programme.
According to a source in the Federal Ministry of Education,there are calls by some groups urging Buhari to scrap foreign scholarships as part of a bigger plan to stealthily islamiise the Education sector in Nigeria.
“Another programme that has been marked for extinction is the YouWiN! programme. We are aware the incoming President considers the continued existence of the project especially the YouWiN! Women – a special edition for women – as inimical to his religious ideals. Expect YouWiN! to be scrapped within the first six months of Buhari’s tenure”, the source said.
YouWiN! Women was the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme, which was designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less.
“If the foreign scholarships are scrapped, youths from the predominantly Christian south of Nigeria who currently constitute the majority beneficiaries will be the most hit. This is unacceptable and we will resist it”, a prominent Senator from South-Eastern Nigeria said.
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Meanwhile, Buhari on Monday night, held a closed-door meeting with the president of Cote D’Ivoire, Allassane Quattara, in Abuja.