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FG sponsors 179 students to Russia on scholarship


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One hundred and seventy-nine Nigerians are leaving for Russia to pursue their undergraduate studies under the 2023/2024 Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA).

Speaking at a pre-departure briefing yesterday in Abuja, Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, advised the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the country.

Mrs. Rakiya Ilyasu, Director of Universities Education in the Ministry, who represented the Minister urged the students to appreciate the value of this opportunity and approach their studies carefully.

She emphasized the substantial investment made in them and underscored the country’s expectations for their contribution upon their return.

While also stressing the importance of respecting the host country’s laws and maintaining close contact with the Nigerian Embassy, she urged them to draw from past experiences in other countries like Ukraine.

The Director of the Federal Scholarship Board, Asta Ndajiwo, highlighted the rigorous selection process that began with thousands of applications in November 2022, culminating in the nomination of the final candidates.

In a cautionary note, Ndajiwo urged the scholars to avoid engaging in risky extracurricular activities, referring to previous tragic incidents where scholars lost their lives while swimming.

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