Twelve Nigerian Universities have agreed to offer 550 scholarships, (500 for undergraduate and 50 for post-graduate studies) to students of the Gambia in response to a demand from the Gambian government.
The development came up sequel to a request made by the Minister of Education of The Gambia, Honourable Badara A. Joof to his Nigerian counterpart, Malam Adamu Adamu, for educational support in the area of capacity building and capital development.
Hon. Badara Joof, Minister for High Education, Research, Science and Technology said this on Monday in a statement at the launching of three day retreat for officers and staff under his management, hold in a hotel at Kololi.
The minister disclosed : “500 scholarship will be available and open to the general public while the other 50 scholarship meant for Masters and PHD studies will be accorded to institutions like the University of the Gambia, GTTI, MDI and National Quality Assurance Agency because as a country, we need to have a critical mass of people in the field of Science, Agriculture, Journalism, Marine Biology, Cyber Security, Aquaculture, Engineering and Petroleum amongst other priorities of national development in The Gambia,”
Hon. Badara, added that very soon, some Nigerian University authorities will visit Gambia to conduct some online academic text(JAM Exam) for prospective students and anyone who passed the examination will be given Scholarship.
According to him, all the lucky students will be given pocket money by Gambia government. Some other countries like Sudan,Republic of Morocco ,Saudi Arabia,Pakistan are also ready to offer scholarship to Gambians.