From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State government has commenced the payment of N381 million as bursary for Delta students in tertiary institutions for the 2018/ 2019 session
Executive Secretary, Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board, Sunny Orishedere who spoke to journalists in Asaba on Wednesday, said that the payment was in fulfillment of the state government’s resolve to ensure prompt payment of bursary for students of Delta State origin, adding” we have commence the payment of N381million for students in tertiary institutions from Delta state origin and we are happy that the leadership of the National Association of Delta students ( NADESSTU) and the payment is in line with our promise of prompt payment of bursary and the tradition of the board.’
According to him,” As you know, the bursary would have been paid earlier, but we couldn’t because of some delay which arose as a result of general elections and some irregularities that we discovered during screening exercise” adding that out of the 24 ,179 students that applied for bursary,17, 169 were qualified for payment as part of the fund was released last week for commencement of payment.
Orishedere hinted that the continuous payment of bursary by the state government despite current economic realities was geared towards promoting academic excellence adding that the state government will continue to care for the interest of students in the state.
Meanwhile, the President of NADD ESTU , Comrade Goodwin Saturday however thanked the state government and scholarship board for the payment and assured that the association would continue partner with the board to ensure students’ welfare.