The Federal Government has flagged off the nomination interview for the 2024/2025 Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP).
More than 2000 Nigerians applied for the highly competitive and prestigious scholarship as the award covers the awardees and their spouses while only a limited number would be finally selected.
Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mammam, SAN, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the programme in Abuja on Monday, noted that the nomination process is for the most qualified Nigerians to compete globally with candidates from other Commonwealth countries.
Mamman, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Andrew David Adejo, said the award which is being managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, London remains one of the most prestigious Scholarship schemes for international studies.
“It is also worth mentioning that since its inception in 1959, more than 30,000 individuals have benefited from the awards and majority of the awardees from Nigeria have returned to make significant contributions to the development of the nation, particularly in our tertiary institutions.
“The Commonwealth Alumni in Nigeria have been instrumental in making laudable contributions to governance over time. This, of course, is in line with one of the key objectives of the scheme and that is to ensure that the returnee scholars make an impact in their various disciplines for the betterment of the country,” he said.
The Director/Secretary Federal Scholarship Board, Mrs Asta Ndajiwo, in her remark, urged the panelists to continue to adhere to the set criteria of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) with a view to presenting the usual high-quality candidates for the Minister’s endorsement.
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