The Plateau State Government on Thursday
said it disbursed N900 million as scholarship to students in the state in the
last four years.
Punch Newspaper May 31, 2012 by Agency Reporter)
The Commissioner for Education, Mr. Athanasius Dashe, told the News Agency of
Nigeria in Jos said that those to benefit from the scholarship were
undergraduates and post-graduate students in approved institutions.
He said that those in specialized institutions such as the Nigerian Law School,
College of Aviation, Maritime Academy and the French Immersion Programme in
Badagry, Lagos would also benefit.
He said special scholarships had also been given to students with disabilities
as part of efforts to encourage them to strive toward excellence in spite of
Dashe, who reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to education, said N3
billion was paid in counterpart funding to facilitate access to funds meant for
the development of primary schools.
The commissioner said more than 400,000 text books had been shared among
primary schools in core subjects like English, Mathematics and sciences, while
additional 288,420 textbooks and instructional materials had been procured for
Junior Secondary Schools.
He said that contracts had been awarded for the construction of 500 classrooms,
while contracts had also been awarded for the renovation of classrooms in 56
Dashe said that government was already sinking N394 million into new buildings
and renovations of ailing structures in the Government Technical College,
He said the sum of N5.74 billion would be sunk into renewing some structures in
five selected secondary schools in each senatorial district.
To meet the demand for quality education, he said that 500 teachers were
recruited with emphasis on science and mathematics in the last four years.
He said that 672 teachers in mathematics and English also undertook various
He particularly commended the efforts of Gov. Jonah Jang that ensured the
reopening of the Plateau State University, Bokos.
The commissioner disclosed that N67 million was spent to clear outstanding
staff entitlements, while N100 million was given to the school as takeoff
He said N450 million was given to the university as a special grant to enable
it resume full activities after more than about three years of closure.
“With that grant, the university was able to repair damaged facilities like
student centre, Radio House, the Chapel, laboratories, classrooms, hostels and
Senate Chambers,” he said.
Dashe expressed satisfaction that the school had been able to access funds from
Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETF) to the tune of N105 million.
He said the Nigeria Communications Commission had supported the institution
with 110 laptops and 100 desk tops.
He promised that government would sustain its focus toward quality education
and called for the support of all stakeholders for a better Nigeria.