THE Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved an increment of 100 per cent on bursary payable to students of Lagos State origin in tertiary institutions across the country.
The Executive Secretary, of Lagos State Scholarship Board, Mr Abdur Rahaman Lekki said in a statement on Sunday, October 16, 2022, that the increment would take effect from the 2022/ 2023 academic session.
Lekki said that he had already informed representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Lagos State Chapter, and the National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS) at a meeting at Alausa, Ikeja, adding that the meeting was held at the instance of the Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Education, Mr Tokunbo Wahab.
Lekki said that the meeting had in attendance, the presidents and some executive members of both the two students union bodies, NANS and NULASS and representatives of the state government.
He declared that the 100 per cent bursary increment and other benefits were aimed at supporting the educational needs of students of Lagos state origin, to let them cope with the present economic reality. Lekki also disclosed that the government, at the just concluded State Economic Summit known as ”Ehingbeti Summit”, had approved the resolutions on the establishment of the Lagos Diaspora Scholarship Fund.
According to him, the scholarship fund is aimed at providing scholarship and bursary benefits, generally, to all Lagos State indigene students in tertiary institutions, in any part of the country, to support their education. He appealed to the students over a little delay in the payment of the remaining 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 bursary/scholarship benefits.
The board secretary assured that prompt payment of both bursary and scholarship benefits for the outstanding years would begin immediately after the ongoing exercise was completed.