Commission spends N192 million on education in Nigeria

The projects were done by the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority.

The Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority (JDA) says it has spent $5.7 million (about N192 million) on various education projects in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Umar Mohammed, the Deputy Director (Commerce and Investment) of JDA, made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Koma Village, Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa.

He said that the projects were executed under the authority’s social programme to support education.

He said that the projects in Jada Local Government Area included the construction of a Home Economics Laboratory at the Government Secondary School, Jada, and a block of four classrooms as well as four toilets at the Government Secondary School, Koma.

Besides, Mr. Mohammed said that the authority had given scholarships to 265 post-graduate students across the country since 2006.

“Annually, we select 265 candidates from the 36 states; seven candidates are selected from each state.

“Each student is assisted with 1,000 dollars per annum,’’ he added.

Mr. Mohammed said that the selection was made each year after advertisements were placed in three national dailies to enable interested candidates to apply.

“Only candidates with Second Class Upper Honours and above are eligible to apply and priority is given to those studying courses such as Geo-physics, Biological Science, Medicine, Agriculture, Disaster Management, Business Administration, Economics and Accounting,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed, who was in Koma to hand over the new classrooms and toilets constructed by the authority in Government Secondary School, Koma, urged the beneficiaries of JDA projects to protect them for maximum benefits.

He said that the next phase of the authority’s support programme would cover the health sector.

(NAN)

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