Home Varsities To Absorb 328 RSG Scholarship Students


The Rivers State Government , has said that 328 Rivers students under the special overseas scholarships, whose programmes were cut short due to financial challenges will return to the country between July and September 2016 an continue studies.
The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), Mr Larry Pepple who disclosed this while answering questions from members of the Editorial Board of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation in Port Harcourt, said that the first batch will return in July, second batch August, while the last batch will return in September.
Mr Pepple assured said that the government  was  in touch with the managements of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) and University of Port Harcourt with a view to absorbing the returning students as well as liaise with their various schools abroad to facilitate the timely transmission of their transcripts.
He further said that those whose disciplines are not in the universities would be given the options to choose among the country’s universities that offer their courses, while those whose course are not offered by any university in the country would be encouraged to take on related courses of the Bachelor Level before going up to master level.
He denied any political undertone in the arrangement, adding that the government was merely responding to the current economic challenges in the state and the country at large.
Mr Pepple also said that the return of the students to continue with their programmes locally would not defeat the objective of the special overseas scholarship as the returning students would bring their wealth of experience to bear in the  educational development of the state.
According to him, though the programme has been suspended, the development will not deter the government from sending some indigent Rivers people abroad in future to acquire special skills.