Under the terms of the bilateral education agreement overseen by the Federal Ministry of Education, no fewer than 83 Nigerian scholars will be leaving for Morocco.
The Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, stated during the farewell briefing that President Bola Tinubu’s revitalized Hope program was adhered to in the scholars’ selection.
Mamman also mentioned that the ministry has added more development partners, many of whom are now providing scholarships to citizens of Nigeria.
According to him, “Your selection as scholars is part of a larger plan to deepen President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, which ensures that brilliant Nigerians, especially those who cannot afford to study programs that are not readily available in Nigeria, are supported to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies that would be useful in Nigeria’s development agenda.”
“I am pleased to notify you that despite the world economic downturn, we now have more development partners, many of whom are now offering scholarships to Nigeria. Some of the countries that are not as active are Macedonia, Poland, South Korea, Greece, Japan, and Turkey. The active countries are Hungary, China, Russia, Algeria, Romania, Morocco, Serbia, Mexico, Egypt, and Venezuela.
Nigeria also aims to revive the gesture as the country and others show interest. Nigeria has awarded scholarship prizes to China and Romania as a way of returning their goodwill. Many of you may be departing from your parents for the first time as you get ready to travel to a strange place today, and almost all of you would be traveling to a foreign land.
I must therefore caution you against viewing this as a freedom and encouraging you to do things that would bring shame to your parents, the nation, and yourself. Nigeria is making a significant investment in you, and they hope that the return on that investment will be your return to aid in the advancement of your country.
“There are significant differences between living in Nigeria and living abroad. For those of you attending the same school, I will encourage you to develop the virtue of being your brother’s keeper. You must learn to follow the rules of the institution where you will be learning. Above all, you must inform the Nigerian Embassy in Rabat of your presence. Based on our observations from Ukraine, this is crucial.