The current administration is determined to secure a brighter future for the Nigerian youths through massive investment in the education sector, President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday in Yenagoa.
Jonathan, while addressing 550 beneficiaries of the Bayelsa government scholarship, said the Federal Government would discharge its responsibility of empowering the youths.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that Jonathan had in August received the first set of the beneficiaries of the scholarship who finished from secondary schools across the country. He commended the Seriake Dickson-led administration in the state, noting that education would boost the capacity of the youths.
"The policy of catching the brilliant pupils from the primary school level and exposing them to quality secondary education will enable them to compete well among their peers," he said.
Jonathan said government would encourage any product of the secondary schools who excel to qualify for "the federal government scholarships for the first class brains." He said he would personally support the state government to raise funds to be saved in dedicated accounts to sustain the scholarship scheme. In his remarks, Dickson promised to extend secondary school scholarships to 250 pupils, up from 100.
The state Scholarship Board had selected 300 beneficiaries for the post-graduate studies for Masters and Doctoral degrees within and outside the country. The beneficiaries underwent orientation preparatory to their departure to their respective secondary schools.