Firm in­au­gu­rates schol­ar­ship scheme for un­der­grad­u­ates

The Punch - - HIGHER EDUCATION - Olal­eye Aluko, Abuja

Acon­struc­tion firm, Ja­mub Group, has said it would be­gin a schol­ar­ship scheme, Schoolme Schol­ar­ship Lot­tery, to en­able un­der­grad­u­ates across the coun­try to raise funds for their ed­u­ca­tion.

The group said the scheme would open by next Tues­day na­tion­wide, where un­der­grad­u­ates and other stu­dents of higher in­sti­tu­tions would par­tic­i­pate and win cash prizes.

The head, Pub­lic Re­la­tions Unit of the Ja­mub’s School-me Schol­ar­ship Lot­tery, Freda Isekhua, said in a state­ment in Abuja that poverty was a ma­jor fac­tor hin­der­ing ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria.

She noted that the schol­ar­ship scheme was a way to com­plete ed­u­ca­tion fi­nanc­ing.

She said, “It is rather very dis­ap­point­ing to note that Nige­ria re­mains one of the coun­tries in the con­ti­nent with poor adult ed­u­ca­tion in­dex. We need more pri­vate sec­tors to come up with in­no­va­tive ways of fi­nanc­ing ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. One of such is the School-me Schol­ar­ship Lot­tery project. It is a way of com­ple­ment­ing ed­u­ca­tion fi­nanc­ing in the coun­try.

“The scheme is a lot­tery de­signed to as­sist stu­dents in higher schools to raise ad­di­tional money to com­ple­ment their ed­u­ca­tion fi­nanc­ing. The pro­ceeds from the lot­tery shall be used to fur­ther schol­ar­ship pro­grammes ac­cord­ingly. The scheme is ex­pected to be un­veiled later in April and it is open to ev­ery­one for school­ing pur­poses.”

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