Osun, Ogun indigenes top Nigeria’s presidential scholarship awardees – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

“There are no beneficiaries from Bayelsa and Kaduna states where the President and Vice President come from.”


Two states, Ogun and Osun, have topped the list of the annual Presidential Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) with 17 and 15 respectively out of 104 beneficiaries.

The Supervising Minister for Education, Nyesom Wike, disclosed this at the award ceremony on Monday in Abuja.

He noted that the development was a sign of true leadership by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Wike stressed that the selection process was based purely on merit, adding that the process that produced the beneficiaries was rigorous, transparent and thorough.

He said the successful candidates, who went through the rigorous screening in the second edition of the awards, emerged tops out of about 2,000 candidates.

“I called out the names (of the two states) because they are not from states in the same party as the President.

“In fact, there are no beneficiaries from Bayelsa and Kaduna states where the President and Vice President come from. How many Nigerian leaders can do that?”

Osun and Ogun are controlled by the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

He said if federal character had been followed, as was being clamoured for by some people, many of the country’s top brains would have missed out from developing themselves and the country at large.

The minister urged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria, adding that the government would not hesitate to withdraw the scholarship if they were found culpable of any misconduct in the course of their studies.

Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), said 90 per cent of beneficiaries from the first edition of PRESSID were currently in schools abroad and were doing very well in their various studies.

“This shows that our first class degrees are truly first class. It also shows that some of our private universities are coming up and do not just award first class degrees anyhow,” Okojie said.

He added that the scheme was introduced following the discovery that less than 40 per cent of lecturers in the university system had doctorate degrees.

It was also to produce a critical mass of individuals to develop Nigeria in the area of innovation and development.

According to him, India, China and Singapore are also practising the same system, adding that Nigeria will start to benefit in the next five years when the beneficiaries start graduating and returning home.

“There was no nomination from anywhere. This is the only scholarship scheme where the names of the awardees are published because they deserve it.’’

He said that the selection process was not influenced by anybody.

The beneficiaries, all first lass graduates, are to study in various fields, including medical sciences, information technology and electrical/electronics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, economics, physics and petroleum engineering.

The 76 males and 28 females will study for their Masters and Doctorate Degrees in the 25 best universities abroad.



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  • redeem

    methinks the president has to do a rethink with these socalled educational project of his–hundreds of Bayelsan girls do not go to school—–get pregnant b4 they reach the age of 12–that is the truth of the matter-if the president and his wife–cannot do something urgent about it–the same insults being thrown at him by d tripod will be befall his people –these students offered scholarship in the name of an abstract unity will not come out to aid the niger delta–or the South South–or even remember that they were trained by an ijaw man–there are hundreds of ijaw arigbo people who cannot go to school—in ondo state–i mean the whole thing does not make sense–that has always been the trouble with ijaws whenever they find themselves in power–they tend to look the other way-what a shame

    • D.A

      Ondo has 5 people on that list. Some ijaws from Ondo state have Yoruba names. They may well be included in the number that got scholarships. Do not forget many ijaws benefited from Awo’s FREE EDUCATION as well.

      • ayomi

        Not only Ijaws, Ibos in great numbers too. As a matter of fact any one that found his/her way to Western region benefited from Awo’s plan

  • Truthometer

    It is all politico. Nice try, Dumbo.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    But the house of rep want it to be based on federal character, quota system and the vexatious educationally backward areas, instead of meritocracy. God go punish una idiocy

  • Dorothy

    South West Mobilizer!!!

  • Usman

    India, Singapore and China started that after their Universities were properly taken care of, at least, let your institutions properly work before you empower others, it is an embarrassment to you, almost a session lost in both Polytechnics, Universities and Colleges of educations, who knows, whether high schools will soon start striking.

  • Zubairu Usman

    The selection of the students was based purely on merit. So what’s the point across.

    • Don_C

      The point is simply that those with the highest scores get chosen.Eg If they need 10 people, the ten highest scores get taken. Northerners should first demand that the so called educationally disadvantaged label to taken away from them. It is that label that label that has killed you.I cant imagine being classified as educationally backward among my peers.Did you see the scores for entry to unity schools? What does that tell you?

      • Zubairu Usman

        Backwards among peers stands better than degrees from the back door / cheat=examination malpractices which the North refused to take in.

        • Don_C

          You were classified as backwards. 50 years ago, today you are still backward. I went to school because I studied hard and passed, you probably went to school because someone with a higher score was denied to let you in. So if you rejected examination malpractice what is more malpractice than denying a hardworking peer and giving admission to a peer who has chosen laziness ahead of hardwork? Do you know why the North is still poor? Because their loots and education were stolen and such money does not go beyond marrying many wives. Nonsense.

          • Zubairu Usman

            100years to get things right, and to know it better is the best option than using WAEC / NECO results to infinity, thus producing the first Aninis with guns for robbery. Kindly check the record of 1st robbery with heavy guns in Nigeria, and the records of the 1st/2nd and 3rd high rate of examination malpractices.

  • Don_C

    @Deri Orbuka Its this view that has kept Nigeria down. He should create an enabling environment for Bayelsa and not seek to shoot down merit and favour them. Since the North did the same thing you are advocating, where did it leave them? You dont know that people do better when challenged? The Northerners lowered the bar for themselves and 50 years after they are still disadvantaged and you are suggesting that route to Bayelsa people? Na waooh! In the old Eastern region, be it Igbo, Ijaw, Urhobo, Ogoni or whatever, we can struggle and we can work but the way and the Almajiri style removed the hardwork in the old Eastern region and thats why you see that. Why would someone want to be classified as educationally disadvantaged? SE,SS,SW folks have studied abroad and competed with people all over the world and came out tops, why do we need anyone to label us disadvantaged. Abeg carry that style go North, we work and we sweat and we succeed. Northerners that use quota, dont you see how they are?