The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has stated categorically that it has not made any university a first choice for prospective beneficiaries of its scholarship programme.
This has become necessary due to a notice circulating on social media claiming that the Amnesty Office’s new education policy mandates prospective candidates to make University of Africa, Toru-Orua, their first choice when applying for the PAP scholarship and in turn, the university will register those candidates in their list.
Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), the Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme in a statement signed by his SA Media Nneotaobase Egbe, debunked these reports that originated not only from the University of Africa, but from other universities requesting prospective scholarship candidates to choose them to qualify for the scholarship scheme.
The Administrator insisted that there was no time PAP chose one university or restricted its scholarship programme to only universities within the Niger Delta region.
He, however, reiterated that for academic excellence required for the development of Niger Delta especially in the area of manpower development and capacity building, one of the criteria for PAP scholarship was that prospective beneficiaries must first enrol and pass the examination offered by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
He also said that the candidate must be an ex-agitator captured in the Programme’s database or come from one of the Niger Delta crises-impacted communities and must have at least 5 credits in (WAEC/NECO) including English and Mathematics.
He said that applications submitted would be subjected to background verifications and candidates will go through a pre-qualification screening before being considered for scholarship.
He also said that beneficiaries who do not meet the qualification for formal education would be advised to consider vocational training instead.
He further said another condition was that prospective candidates must also apply for courses that would enhance the comparative advantage to the region.
Dikio urged students desirous of the PAP’s scholarship and members of the public to disregard any notice from any university contrary to the basic requirements of PAP.
He said: “Any notice contrary to what PAP has published is designed to mislead prospective students. PAP never at any time selected one university as a first choice for its scholarship programme, neither have we insisted that prospective candidates must apply to only universities in the Niger Delta region.
The Interim Administrator appealed to prospective students and members of the public to always verify every information about PAP’s activities and policies through the Programme’s official channels before circulating.
He warned that institutions that get involved in these sharp practices would be BLACKLISTED.