Hundreds of youths, on Thursday, attended a one-day seminar organised by the British High Commission, Chevening and Kwara State government to encourage as many qualified Kwarans as possible to apply for the Chevening scholarships.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding future leaders to pursue a one-year Master’s degree in any subject and at any UK University.
Speaking at the event, Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, commended the British High Commission and Chevening for extending the opportunities to Kwara youths.
He said his administration will continue to invest in deepening life opportunities for Kwarans through qualitative education.
“It is my pleasure to appreciate the organisers of the programme, Chevening Scholarship and the Government of United Kingdom, for extending the opportunity to Kwara. Your records of achievements spanning almost four decades have brought exceptional professionals from around the world to study in the United Kingdom through scholarship and fellowship,” the governor said.
Represented by the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr Afeez Abolore, the governor said the current administration has contributed immensely to human capital development in the state and was willing to partner with the organisation.
“For instance, the government of Kwara State, in its effort at securing and investing in the next generation, has engaged public and private sector leaders, thinkers and relevant stakeholders through interactive sessions, summit and workshops of this nature to exploring the future of education as central to the state government’s agenda for growth and development,” he added.
Senior political adviser to British High Commission, Abuja, Mr Wale Adebajo, said Chevening scholarship offers a unique opportunity for the youth to achieve their professional goals and gain lifetime experience.
Programme Officer for Chevening, Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Ladejo, said about N30million would be expended on each of the successful applicants, covering tuition fee, visa, ticket, living allowance, economic grant, and accommodation, among others.