ACF accuses NUC of lopsidedness over FG scholarship list

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The apex Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa

Consultative Forum (ACF) has accused the National

Universities Commission (NUC) of lopsidedness against

the north in the award of Presidential Special

Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development

(PERSS ID).

ACF in a communiqué issued yesterday

said, it considers the lopsidedness as a deliberate act of

impunity designed to deny Nigerians from the Northern

extraction of the country the laudable program of the

Federal Government that is meant to serve as a

catalyst of change and agents of scientific and

technological advancement.

According to ACF, “The list of successful candidates for

the award of Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme

for Innovation and Development (PERSS ID) for the

2015/2016 academic session as released by the

National Universities Commission (NUC) and published

in the Daily Trust of April 16th, 2015 appeared lopsided

and favoured mostly, the southern part of Nigeria.

“Last year when the list of successful candidates for

the PRESSID was released, ACF and indeed our

senators did complain on the lopsidedness of the list in

favour of the southern states and even called upon the

NUC to suspend the exercise.

“ACF did previously call upon the National Universities

Commission to not only ensure transparency in future

selection of beneficiaries, but urged it to publicize the

criteria used in selecting and also indicate states of

origin of successful candidates in the final list.

“Apparently, federal character and the previous appeal

made by ACF have not been taken seriously by NUC in

the selection exercise of the PRESSID for the

2015/2016 academic session.

“ACF considers this as a deliberate act of impunity

designed to deny Nigerians from the Northern part of

the country this laudable program of the Federal

Government that is meant to serve as a catalyst of

change and agents of scientific and technological

advancement.

“ACF once more wishes to appeal to NUC and other

organs of Government to ensure fairness, transparency

and equitable distribution of available vacancies

amongst all qualified Nigerians that are abound in all

the states of the federation.” and further called upon

northern state governors to show interest in such

programs and ensure that their people benefit.”

Source: Daily trust

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