The Osun State Government has approved N275.7 million for the payment of backlog of bursary in the 2012/2013 academic year, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Mrs Mulikat Bello, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education, disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen in Osogbo.
Bello said: “A total sum of N226.1 million had so far been disbursed to 20,774 final year students from 56 tertiary institutions.
‘’The tertiary institutions included the Nigerian Law Schools,18 universities,13 polytechnics and colleges of technology,14 colleges of education and three colleges of health technology.
‘’Other schools that were taken care of included colleges of agriculture, a school of nursing, school of hygiene, school of surveying and co-operative college.’’
She called on the authorities of 21 higher institutions of learning whose final year students had not yet received their 2012-2013 bursary award to submit all required information.
“ Also, the schools should submit the schools’ bank account details and render their previous statement of payment for the year 2011/2012 bursary awards to the Office of Higher Education, Scholarship and Bursary in the State Ministry of Education,’’ she added.
She said the bursary intervention ’’has reduced the financial burden of tertiary education on parents and students.’’