Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has asked all natives of the state who are on scholarship abroad to return to Nigeria to continue their scholarship programmes in any University in the country as the state is currently facing financial crisis and can’t continue to sponsor them.
This directive is contained in a letter sent out to the students early this month by the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA).
However, all students in their final year of study (finishing their course of study in 2016) abroad are not affected and will be allowed to complete their programmes at their various Universities while others at other levels are the victims of this order.
The Letter reads in part;
The payment of the outstanding fees for the final year students on foreign scholarship will be paid in installments.
All the other students will conclude their studies back in the country, in the state’s two universities; i.e the University of Port Harcourt and the Rivers State University of Science and Technology under full scholarship of the Rivers State Government.
If the student’s course of study is not included in the two chosen universities, then admission will be sought in any other government owned institution that offers the course.
We intend that students should return to Nigeria and commence their studies in the coming academic session starting September 2016.
Read full details of the letter below;
Meanwhile, back in the December, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, approved the payment of the outstanding fees of final year students of Rivers State origin on scholarship in foreign universities.
The Governor also in December, through the Rivers State Commissioner of Agriculture, Mrs Onimim Jack who oversees the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), called for a meeting with parents of the beneficiaries studying abroad, and announced the decision explaining the severe financial constraints and heavy financial burden the state was facing as the reasons for their wards’ withdrawal.
The Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) was set up by the state government in 2012, which invited applications from suitably qualified candidates for selection in the “State Government Special Overseas Undergraduate Scholarship Programme” for 2013/2014 session.
Human Capital Development is one of the cores of the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), which is geared towards improving the human capital base of Rivers natives (and also non-natives in many cases) through target programmes, which include the Overseas undergraduate scholarship, Overseas postgraduate scholarship, ICT training, Greater Horizon and Opportunities Programme, Overseas Technical Training programme etc.