A Nigerian scholar and beneficiary of the NITDEF Scholarship Scheme, Ibrahim Bala Yerima has emerged the best student at the Nottingham Trent University United Kingdom. This disclosure was made by the Senior International Officer; Africa International Development Office, Selma Toohey, when a delegation paid a working visit to the Agency to update the Director General on the performance of its scholars in the institution and express appreciation to the Agency.

Ibrahim Bala Yerima, a student of Internet Programming exceeded the cut off mark of 70 points scoring an unprecedented 81 points in the history of the school. “This is the first time the school is recording such an achievement”. Said Dr. Taha Osman, post graduate programmes manager and Ibrahim’s project supervisor. His project, INTRUSION DETECTION IN WIRELESS SYSTEMS, is cost effective and very relevant to the Nigerian economy.

Speaking further, Salma Toohey informed the NITDA team that besides academic work, the students were engaged in cultural activities to showcase the rich Nigerian culture. She also revealed that the school has launched a scheme; “the Nigeria High Achievers Award” and only students with 1st class or 2:1 in their 1st degree from Nigeria will be eligible for this award. “This award attracts an automatic fee reduction of £3,000 for all high achieving Nigerian students holding offers to study any masters courses in September 2017”.

In his remarks, a visibly excited Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami thanked them for the visit and lauded the step they have taken to come and give feedback of the students performance. While reaffirming part of NITDA’s mandate to develop capacity in the IT sector, the scholarship scheme is to reinforce that mandate. Adding that, “it makes me happy to hear when our students abroad are doing well and has no objection sponsoring young Nigerians to study abroad”.

The DG appreciated the Nigeria High Achievers Award specially made for Nigerian students and suggested it be reviewed to give special consensus to the Agency’s scholars