Gov. Yahaya Bello bans student grants, scholarships in Kogi

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The Kogi State government has placed a ban on student grants and scholarships in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Executive Chairman of the Kogi State Science, Technical Education and Teaching Service Commission, Cecilia E. Cook.

According to Cook, the state government took the decision because of the insecurity situation in the country.

The letter reads: “All principals of public and grant-aided schools must obtain permission from the commission for any internal or external programme.

“As a result of the security situation in our nation, all the STETSCOM Zonal directors are directed to inform all the principals in their respective zones, that students’ participation in Zonal program outside their schools and external programme outside the state is strictly on permission by the authority of STETSCOM.

“The Zonal Directors should sternly warn the Principals in their zone, that should any Principal default on this instruction, he or she will certainly and surely be shown the way out. Strictly comply with this instruction, please.”

The development was at the backdrop of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kogi Central Senatorial district candidate, Natasha Akpoti-Uduanghan’s promise to pay WAEC fees of students in schools across the Central district.

Natasha Akpoti -Uduaghan had on December 11, 2022, promised to donate five million naira to offset WAEC fees of students in Kogi Central to help parents cushion the burden of paying the WAEC fees of their children in the five local government areas of Kogi Central senatorial distinct.