The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) says it has finalised arrangements with the World Bank to grant scholarships to 1,000 less privileged students selected from every state in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Abdallah Adamu, said in a statement on Friday in Lagos that the move was part of the mandate of the Education for All (EFA).
The statement said Mr. Adamu made the disclosure when he received members of the Arewa Students’ Forum (ASF) who visited him in Abuja.
The university said it was also targeting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the society.
According to the statement, married women, who suspended their education due to some reasons, were also among the university’s priorities.
The statement quoted Mr. Adamu as urging members of the forum to join in the campaign to ensure that access to tertiary education was taken to the grassroots around the country.
It said in doing this, it would go a long way in the forum’s drive to contribute their quota to nation building and spread the activities of the university.
“It will also go a long way in attaining the Education for All (EFA) agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and the Federal Government.’’
“I urge members of the forum to step up efforts in ensuring that more students from the 19 northern states are registered in the institution as part of the beneficiaries of the World Bank/NOUN 1,000 scholarship initiative,’’ the statement said.
It said the president of the forum, Habib Ahmed, lauded the vice-chancellor for his contributions to the education sector.