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LASG disburses N514m bursary, scholarships to students

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday disbursed N514 million for local scholarship and bursary to students of the state studying in various tertiary institutions across the country.

Mrs Olabisi Ariyo, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, made the presentation of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Verve cards to the 2014/2015 beneficiaries at Government College, Ipaja road, Lagos.

Ariyo said the initiative of local scholarship and bursary were efforts aimed at improving the standard of education in Lagos as well as provide opportunities for citizenry irrespective of their socio-economic status.

The permanent secretary urged the beneficiaries not to divert the funds to other use than the development of their career.

“Education provides and equips the nation’s youths with the necessary skills, attitudes and aptitude to confront future challenges and function effectively in an ever dynamic global community.

“The quality of the human capital available in any given society is largely determined and measured by the quality and functionality of its educational system.

“The state government is committed to the development of education in the state; indeed, no nation can achieve sustainable development without investing adequately in the education sector,’’ she said.

Mrs Yetunde Jegede, Director, Lagos State Scholarship Board, said the bursary was part of the state government’s effort to actualise self-sustenance and empowerment of youths.

Jegede said N54.49 million was disbursed to 1,596 beneficiaries as bursary for the 2014/2015 set, which ranges between N20, 000, N30, 000 and N50, 000 depending on the course of study.

She said N39.6 million was also disbursed to 192 Nigerian Law School students and six Maritime Academy, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, as bursary.

“Furthermore, for local scholarship, the state government will expend N88. 9 million to successful candidates, who took part in the 2014/2015 Computer Based Screening test, with brilliant academic performance of 3.5 grade points average and above.

“Also, N99.56 million was released for 486 old beneficiaries of local scholarship, adding that N200,000,00 will be given to undergraduates, N300,000,00 to masters students and N400,000,00 to Ph.D beneficiaries.

“The governor also graciously approved N231. 4 million for the payment of outstanding bursary for 2015, of 6,940 old beneficiaries,’’ she said.

Jegede said the commitment of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to the provision of bursary and scholarship to deserving indigenes was aimed towards poverty alleviation.

“This occasion highlights the critical role this administration accords to education as well as its determination to reduce the financial burden of citizens of the state.

“The relationship between education and poverty is very clear; educated people have higher income earning potentials and are better able to improve their quality of lives,’’ she said.

Jegede said education empowers, help people to become more proactive, gain control over their lives and widen the range of available choices but poverty retards human and social economic development.

The director urged the beneficiaries to desist from cultism and violence as well as make best use of the awards.

“Do not see the awards as meal ticket doled out to you by the government or your own share of the state’s cake.

“Use the award to empower yourselves towards excelling in your studies.

“Give utmost priority to your studies, be honest, well behaved and be conscious of being representatives and future leaders of our great state and country in general,’’ Jegede said.

A beneficiary, Miss Fatima Olalemi, a graduate Education, University of Ibadan, commended the state government for fulfilling its promise to students.

Olalemi, who got N20, 000.00 as one of the old beneficiaries, said the award was used to pay tuition fee and purchase some textbooks

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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