BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWUM, FRCN PORT HARCOURT
Plans are underway by Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, to collaborate with Nigerian Content Development Board and other relevant agencies to secure placements for beneficiaries of its foreign scholarship at the end of their studies.
The NDDC Director, Education, Health and Social Services, Dr George Uzonwanne who made this known during an interview at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt Rivers State, explained that the scholarship scheme is aimed at preparing the next set of scientists from Niger Delta region, hence the inclusion of Artificial intelligence among the courses.
Dr. Uzonwanne who gave assurance that the foreign scholarship would not be an avenue for the beneficiaries to run away from the country, or jakpa, as it is commonly called, observed that part of the sensitization the scholars received was the need to return and apply their knowledge in-country.
On the selection process for beneficiaries, the Education, Health and Social Services director insisted that it was seamless, transparent and devoid of nepotism to provide a level playing ground for all participants.
The NDDC Director hinted that if approval is secured, the scholarship scheme may be expanded to include Nigerian Universities in the near future.