The Delta Government says it has introduced e-registration to check fraud in the state’s bursary and scholarship scheme for indigenous students in institutions of higher learning.
The Executive Secretary of the State Bursary and Scholarship Board, Mr Peter Amromanoh, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba on Sunday.
Amromanoh said the board had discovered that the manual registration of was characterised with frauds.
He said the scrapping of the manual registration done through students’ unions and institutions would enable the board to deal directly with the students.
The executive secretary also said that 21,500 students had so far benefited from the 2012/2013 bursary awards.
He said the payment was ongoing due to the inability of some students to supply their correct bank details.
On criteria for benefitting, the board secretary said that any student with a Grade Point Average (G.P.A) of 2.2 and above was qualified to receive the award.
He also said that the students must also have their admission regularised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Amromanoh also said that over 150 Ph.D. and Master’s Degree students were also benefiting from the bursary and scholarship scheme of the state government.
Meanwhile, some of the beneficiaries have commended the state government for the gesture, and assured that they would complement it with hard work
Those who thanked the state government for the gesture were Agali Ifechukwude of Obafemi Awolowo University and Ogaga Akpojiyovwi of the University of Benin. (NAN)