Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Senate Vows To Fish Out Fraudsters At Federal Scholarship Board

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund, Senator Jibrin Barau has vowed that his Committee would investigate activities of Federal Scholarship Board over deafening fraud going on in the Agency.

He stated this at the Federal Ministry of Education’s 2018 budget defense on Monday, January 8, 2018, in Abuja.

Senator Barau who was virtually unhappy with the presentation of the Director/Secretary of the Board, Mrs Fatima Jiddum Ahmad, explained that some elements were circumventing things at the Board in the guise of scholarships for students abroad, to defraud Government.

He noted: “I assure you we are going to investigate your activities to fish out those behind scholarships fraud.’

”It’s obvious to all of us that there are massive fraud in millions of naira going on there and we are not going to relent untill we unravel those behind the act’, he insisted.

Member of the Committee, Senator Foster Ogola while reacting, explained how an undergraduate student studying abroad was allegedly awarded #200 million as Scholarship.

He pointed that something must be wrong for Scholarship Board to be awarding between #160 to #200 million scholarships to students schooling abroad, saying the development would put pressure on the budget.