The Federal Government is set 73 students to Hungary to study under the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA).
Out of the 150 applications received by the scholarship board, the 72 students who were selected are expected to depart Nigeria at the weekend.
During the pre-departure briefing ceremony held in Abuja on Thursday, Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Sununu, described the scholarship as a reward for excellence and an encouragement to brilliant Nigerians who could not afford to sponsor their studies in foreign countries.
He said this was in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to make quality education accessible to all Nigerians.
“In spite of the global economic meltdown, the number of our development partners have increased and many of them now offer scholarshipsn to Nigerians,” he said.
According to the minister, the active countries include Hungary, China Algeria, Romania, Morocco, Serbia, Mexico, Egypt and other non regulars include Macedonia, Poland, South Korea, Greece, Japan, Tunisia and Turkey.
He said in order to reciprocate the good gesture, Nigeria also offered scholarship awards to China and Romania in the past and hope to reactivate the gesture as these countries indicate interest.
Sununu, while advising the beneficiaries to continue to polish the good qualities they have been exposed to, asked them to be willing to learn, relearn and unlearn as they begin another phase of their life’s journey.
“It is worthy to note that your parents have spent a lot of resources on you and most importantly the country expects your return at the end of your studies to assist in making Nigeria a better place by contributing your quota to the development of our nation.
“To all the awardees, I say you have all overcome many challenges to get to where you are today, and all of you have achieved success in your own ways.”
The minister also enjoined the parents of the awardees to always uphold them in prayers and encourage them with sound advice at all times.Follow us on social media