The Kwara State Government has concluded plans to alleviate the suffering of indigent students studying in various public-owned tertiary institutions with a one-off stipend of N10,000 each.
This was contained in a statement released by the chief press secretary to the Kwara state governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.
According to Ajakaye, “Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has directed the payment of N10,000 each to students of Kwara origin in public-owned tertiary institutions.”
“The Governor has also approved a stipend of N10,000 each for some categories of security agents defined as the first line of defense, which would be disbursed through the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) Office.”
“The approval for students’ support, described as one-off in its scope, is a departure from the previous bursary award, which covered only final-year students of tertiary schools. The Governor had raised the bursary award from the age-long N5,000 to N10,000 for final-year students”. he reiterated.
Explaining further, the governor’s spokesperson said, “The special support will be coordinated by a government committee to be headed by Prof. Shehu Raheem Adaramaja, chairman of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB). He will be supported by officials from the Ministry of Tertiary Institutions, Bursary Department, Ministry of Finance, and a representative each from the National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Kwara State.”
The committee will publish a web link through which all students eligible for state bursaries will apply for the support within the dates to be announced, filling out the required information and documents.
Recall Governor AbdulRazaq, who also doubles as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, is among the first set of Governors to roll out palliatives for state workers, which include a N10,000 increment in their salaries.