Leadership (Abuja)

11 September 2008

Nigeria: NSICGT Votes Fund for Youth Empowerment

Hundreds of thousands of Nigerian youths who could not access education, now have the chance to benefit from a special scholarship grant.

The National Sourcing In-Coverage Global Technocom Ltd (NSICGT), a private initiative, has announced the take off of its first batch of scholarship grants before December 2008, with a view to creating a platform for the teeming youths to a access education.

Briefing reporters and stakeholders in Abuja yesterday, project Chairman and former Military Administrator of Imo State, Colonel Tanko Zubairu, said the dwindling fortunes of the educational sector and the inability of the less- privileged to access the tools of education, informed the resolve of the organisation to wade in .

Colonel Zubairu lamented that in spite of the enormous material and human resources, Nigeria have remained underdeveloped because of the poor attention given to the educational sector .

He cautioned that the project has an in-built mechanism to ensure that the hundreds of millions of naira earmarked for the grants were utilised."This project is not the usual Nigerian thing, we have the funds and we are poised to achieve this noble goal .We would not allow the Nigerian elite to hijack and frustrate the effort as it has been the norm in the past Nigeria's business climate can only boom with skilled-man power.This project would complement Federal Government's efforts in the provision of something missing " he said.

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