NITDA resumes overseas scholarship for postgraduate students

NITDA resumes overseas scholarship for postgraduate students

Some Lucky Nigerian postgraduate students sponsored by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will be leaving the shores of Nigeria later today to resume their studies in various Information Technology and related fields in Turkey. The Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CIIE, while addressing the 16 Master’s Degree and one Ph.D. candidates urged them to not only be Nigerian ambassador but NITDA’s and their various families as well.

The DG, who was represented at the event by the Director Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions Dr. Usman Abdullahi Gambo admonished the students to consider themselves extremely lucky to be selected among the over two thousand applicants across the country through a keenly contested exercise. This set of students represent the first batch of forty postgraduate students that scaled through the hurdles and prove their mettle to enjoy NITDA scholarship this year. The students are expected to pursue a Postgraduate Degree in Masters and Ph.D. at the prestigious FIRAT University in Turkey.

The selection of Master’s Degree students whose duration of study is between one year or 18 months was based on one student per state of the federation including FCT, while the Ph.D. students, whose duration of study is 3 years, were selected on the basis of one student per zone.

The students were further reminded of the enormous responsibilities they are shouldering by representing Nigeria and NITDA because they will henceforth be regarded as NITDA Scholars. They will have to justify the confidence reposed in them by not only coming out in flying colours but with destabilizing innovations that will take the world by storm. They were equally reminded of their signed contract with NITDA to return to Nigeria after their studies to give back to the country for a minimum of three years. This, among others, is another way of fulfilling NITDA’s mandate and priority areas of capacity building in Information Technology Development.

Speaking on behalf of the students, the only Ph.D. candidate in their midst expresses joy and thanked NITDA for restoring the love of Nigeria in their minds. “I had earlier lost all hope in the country believing that nothing good can happen to a commoner who has no Godfather but with this seamless exercise that was strictly based on merit I now wish to pledge my love and loyalty to the country with a promise to give back to the society from what I have benefitted”.