The Buhari-led administration has approved N400 million for the payment of allowances of Nigerian students on foreign scholarships.
The Acting Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Hajia Hindatu Abdullahi made this known in an interview granted the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Abdullahi, the delay of capital allowance to the students was as a result of change of government and the delay in the release of capital allocation for 2015.
She remarked that the allowance payable to the students on foreign scholarships covered periods between January and December.
“We just have an approval of about N400 million, we are now working with the Federal Ministry of Finance to obtain it. After that, we will head to the Budget Office and the Central Bank of Nigeria to ensure that the money is remitted as soon as possible to the missions. In terms of the paper work, we have concluded; we want to pay something so that their hardship will be minimized,” she said.
“Whenever we receive capital allocation in the ministry, we work out the scholarship money and pay into CBN. CBN will now remit same in line with the information we have given them; it will remit to embassies which will remit to the scholar,” she added.
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