Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a 100 percent increment in the annual bursary allowance paid to indigenes of the state who are studying in tertiary institutions nationwide.
This development was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Scholarship Board, Abdur Rahaman Lekki, in a meeting with representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Lagos State Chapter, and National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS) at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
He further disclosed that the Lagos State Government had also approved the resolutions on the establishment of Lagos Diaspora Scholarship Funds aimed at providing scholarship and bursary benefits generally to all Lagos State resident students in tertiary institutions of any part of the country to support their education.
Lekki appealed to the students over a little delay in the payment of the remaining 2020/ 2021 and 2021/2022 bursary/scholarship benefits, saying the delay was necessitated by the ongoing data-cleansing/verification exercise, to ensure that only qualified students of Lagos State origin benefited from the scheme.
The Board Secretary assured that prompt payment of both bursary and scholarship benefits for the outstanding years would commence immediately after the ongoing data cleansing/verification exercise is completed.
He added that students of the Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET) would get their outstanding payments for the 2020/2021 academic year as their Management had completed their verification exercise and forwarded a list of its authentic students to the board.
He revealed that the new bursary approved by the state governor for the students would take effect from the 2022/ 2023 academic session.