Lagos Spends 1.6bn On Scholarship, Bursary

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Lagos State Government has in recent time, spent over N1.6 billion on scholarship and bursary for students of Lagos indigenes in tertiary institute.

Special Adviser to the Government on Education, Dr. Elijah Adewale, who dropped the hint, said N418.9 million was given to 7,545 qualified students as bursary.

He added that about 665 undergraduate and post- graduate students of Lagos state origin benefited under the local scholarship award which has so far gulped N241 million, while about N903.5 million was spent on foreign scholarship.

Adewale, revealed that the state government provided a total of 4,180,046 textbooks to make learning more conducive for students in public schools in the state; while a total of 46,505 students furniture were provided to improve the learning environment.

Prince Sarah Sosan, Deputy Governor of Lagos State also informed that 1,557 applicant were recently interviewed for appointment as teacher by the government, stressing that their letters of employment would soon be issued.

According to her, “over 12,000 applications were received for the 1,557 vacancies”.

“A selection process based on merit handled by a committee of the State executive was undertaken after which the final list was given to me for consideration,” she said.

She however said 51,691 teachers had so far been trained by the government in the last three years, adding that the state government had embraced e-Iearning for both teachers and students.

Sosan, also disclosed that “under the Lagos Eko Secondary Education project, the government will provide all principals with a laptop while facility improvement will be undertaken in the various schools”.