From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Kebbi State governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has harped on the need for both Nigeria, as a nation, as well as his state, to endevaour to move with the subsisting global trends in scholarship.
This is as just as the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum has stressed the need for the three tiers of government to allocate more resources to the education sector
. Bagudu spoke on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi, when he declared open a two-day workshop on scholarship opportunities, with a theme: ‘High Level Stakeholders Engagement on Improving Scholarship Opportunities for Commonwealth Students.
’ It was organized by the Commonwealth Students Association (CSA) in conjunction with the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and the Office of the Special Adviser on NYSC and Scholarship to the Kebbi State Governor.
Bagudu said: “I am really impressed with the creativity of the team, as well as its keenly enthusiastic and brilliant members .
“I have to also congratulate you and these are the first steps, to think differently and better the outcomes of the students. “This is also part of the only plausible ways to make sure that students from the state and Nigeria, in general, remain afloat in the global competition.
” According to the governor, the forum will enable potential foreign students from the state properly identify and appropriate placements found for them.
Bagudu added that such students would also be able to know the environmental and cultural peculiarities of their possible host countries.
Nigeria, Kebbi must move with world on scholarship -Bagudu This, he noted, would also enable them to easily adapt to such peculiarities, while reminding their peculiar local demands and manpower needs. Bagudu said: “Forums like these are enablers and we have been challenging that, let us demand of our government.
“Also, let us show the government the way and let us not assume that some of the problems we are facing have been solved elsewhere.
“Let us also not assume that the government knows everything, but let us come and partner in many ways like this.
” Bagudu further stressed the need to be a society where, “we recognize that to do better as a society, we have to reward those champions that can represent us in the world.
“This means sacrificing more resources and embodying more scholarship schemes, in line with our peculiar human resources needs. “We should also be cognizant of the changing world. For instance, what we did before cannot be done today. “Another example is how one can now start and complete a course of choice, online and free.
” One of the panel discussants, Prof. Muntaz Sohag of Federal University Birnin Kebbi said investment in education is the best thing any nation or state could to its people and Kebbi State he noted, is continuously investing in the education of its students.
Prof. Sohaq acknowledged that the country is blessed with talented students and that scholarship was one of such vital conducive factors which could motivate learning to greater success by students.
He appealed to students to avail themselves and take advantage of the opportunity at their disposal. In their separate goodwill messages, the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Gidado Aliyu Kaliel and the Special Adviser to the Governor on NYSC and Scholarship Matters, Alhaji Murtala Habib Jega, while commending the organisers of the workshop, assured them of continuous support of the state government in promoting educational pursuit of youths in the state, especially students, to achieve success.
Earlier, Bashar Aliyu Buhari, the Coordinator of YALI, Kebbi Network, explained that the program was in partnership with CSA and Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on NYSC and Scholarship Matters, came up with the initiative to get young people in the state know how to access international scholarship opportunities