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THE FEDERAL SCHOLARSHIP LIST: A LIST SO DISTURBING.

When I saw the recently released list of those candidates that were able to scale through in the last aptitude test or exam for the Federal Scholarship, Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA), carried out on the 19th of February, 2020, I thought I was just dreaming, a dream that I pray to wake-up immediately, but behold, it is real.
It is generally believed that the southern part of Nigeria is away ahead of North in terms of education, but to be honest I started to have a rethink of how that gap was created in the first place. I think ab initio it was not a natural phenomena, yeah, I can agree that the North initially do not accept the idea of Western education, but after it was accepted in the region things were really highly manipulated to the detriment of the region which resulted in the creation of this wide gap between the North and the South in that respect. There is logic in creating the Federal Character Commission, because there is so much lopsidedness in the Federal appointments, but the Federal Character is still being abused.

Late last week, like I said, the list of those candidates that qualified for the Federal Scholarship (BEA) was released, and to be candid THE LOPSIDEDNESS IN THAT LIST IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE, YES, IT IS UNACCEPTABLE AND MUST BE REDRESSED. Now let me give the analysis of that list. All in all, 90 people were said to qualify, I will break it according to the six geopolitical regions that we have for easy understanding. From the list,

The Southeast got from 1 – 40, which means the region with only 5 States and with the lowest population (about 10.5 million, according 2006 census) got the highest number of qualified candidates which is 40 candidates.

The Southwest got from 41 – 60, which means the region which has 6 States and a population of about 17.2 million( according to 2006 census) got 20 qualified candidates.

The South-South got from 61 – 70, which means the region which has 5 States and a population of about 13.1 million (according to 2006 census) got 10 qualified candidates.

Now,
The Northcentral got from 71 – 83, which means the region that has 6 States plus Abuja and with a population of about 12.37 million (according to the 2006 census) got 13 qualified candidates only.

The Northwest which is the most populous region in the country with more 22.6 million(according to 2006 census) got from 84 – 88, which means the region that has 7 States got only 5 qualified candidates.

The Northeast got 89 and 90, which translates to only 2 qualified candidates in a region with 6 States and a population of about 11.6 million (according to 2006 census).

That was the distribution of the 90 qualified candidates for the BEA Scholarship. Now what is disturbing here is, how and what are the criteria that were used in the selection of these 90 lucky candidates? I know the exams were zoned, my State was one of the exam centres, the exam was held at Bayero University Kano and I know more than 70 people wrote the exam on that day. There was also one other centre in Sokoto and I am sure also not less than 50 people sat at that centre. Now for someone to look at me in the eyes and tell me that out of those about 120 (approximately), only 20 candidates were able to scale through, I think the least I could do is to give that fellow a very hot slap, because the insult is just too unbearable.

Another thing to look at is, in the Northcentral where the North got the highest number of qualified candidates, a region where you have Nasarawa, Niger, Kwara and Kogi States, in all these 4 States I can bet my last Kobo that the population of Muslims outnumbered the population of our Christians brothers, but from the 13 qualified candidates only 1 is a Muslim, out of 13 candidates. Please don’t say I am religious here, but is this not trouble itself? Is there justice in this case? Are we saying our Muslims brothers and sisters from the Northcentral did not participate in the exam? Or they are so dumb that they could not pass the exam? This is really very upsetting and disturbing.

Look at the Northeast, where you have Maiduguri,Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa also where only 2 candidates qualified, and out of these 2 candidates you have one Muslim and one Christian. Does this make sense please?

I am dumbfounded as to which criteria was used to make this very lopsided and insulting selection. If you consider population, it will even be worst. For instance,

The Southeast that has the least population of a little above 10million people(according 2006 census), has the highest number of qualified candidates of 40 candidates, where the Northwest that has the highest population of more than 22million people has only 5 qualified candidates out of WHICH 2 OF THEM ARE FROM THE SAME HOUSE, can you beat that? Take the Northeast that has a population of more than 11million people(according to 2006 census) has only 2 qualified candidates, haba! How insulting is this?

Let’s just get it straight that this SHAM OF A SELECTION IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND MUST BE REDRESSED IMMEDIATELY, NOT ONLY THE MINISTER, THE PRESIDENT MUST HEAR THIS, AND A DECISIVE ACTION MUST BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY.
JUSTICE MUST BE DONE.

You can have a look of the list going round according to geopolitical zones below👇

LIST OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONTS FOR FEDERAL SCHOLARSHIP BOARD BILATERAL EDUCATION AGREEMENT (BEA) Scholarship 2020/2021

South-East

  1. ANELE NMESOMA CHIKWADOROM
  2. ANIH CHINAZA DORIS
  3. ANIH IKECHUKWU EMMANUEL
  4. ANIAGBOSO CHUKWUKA OKPALACHUKWU
  5. KAMKWIS FRANK MARKUS
    6.UZONDU CHIGOZIRIM EMMANUEL
    7.ANELE NMESOMA CHIKWADOROM
    8.ASUQUO EMMANUEL VICTOR
    9.CHIJIOKE FAMOUS
    10.CHRISTOPHER JOSI MANZO
    11.CHUKWUKA CHIOMA VIVIAN
    12.CHUKWUKA DIVINE NNAMDI
    13.EGERUE UCHECHI VICTORIA
    14.EJELONU MICHAEL ONYEMAUCHECHUKWU
    15.UGWU JUDE IFECHUKWU
    16.UGWU MMESOMA FAVOUR
    17.EZE AMARACHUKWU FRANCISCA
    18.EZE PRECIOUS CHIZARAM
    19.ELOCHUKWU EMMANUEL KELECHUKWU
    20.ENENTA EMMANUEL CHINEDU
    21.FRANKS-FUBARA BIOBELE ELIZABETH
    22.UDOEZEH NNAMDI CHRISTOPHER
    23.NWAJAGU TOCHUKWU EMMANUEL
    24.NWAWUIKE CHINEMEREM PRAISE
    25.OBI CHIDUBEM GERALD
    26.ONU UDOKA STEPHANIE
    27.ONYEKABA EKENEDILICHUKWU EMMANUEL
    28.ONYIA RITA CHISOM
    29.OPARAH ODINAKA FERDINAND
    30.OKORO UCHENNA GOD’SWIL
    31.MBWAHNCHE RITSOH CORNELIUS
    32.MGBEAHURIKE VICTORY CHINAZA
    33.IYERE-EKE DIVINEFAVOUR CHIDERA
    34.OKECHUKWU ALEXANDER CHUKWUEMEKA
    35.BOKOLO JOSHUA OLISAELOKA
    36.EJIM UDOKA VIVIAN
    37.UGWU MMESOMA FAVOUR
    38.OSUJI JOYCE OLUCHI
  6. UGWU CHIDERA
  7. AMEH BLESSING OCHEFIJE

South-West

41.ALABI JEFFREY OLUWADAMILARE
42.ADEBIYI MOYINOLUWA ADERINOLA-ADENIKE
43.ALUKO KEHINDE JAMES
44.ALUKO TAIYE JOHN
45.YAHYA ABDULLAH FOLORUNSHO
46.AKINOLA COLLINS KINGSLEY
47.ARISE TOLUWANIMI DORCAS
48.BABAJIDE IFEOLUWA MICHAEL
49.BABALOLA ALIYAH KEHINDE
50.SHEKONI ABDULWAHAB ABIMBOLA
51.FANIBI AYOMIDE EMMANUEL
52.TAJUDEEN SULEIMAN OPEYEMI
53.OLAWOYIN SARAH CHIOMA
54.OLUSANYA JOSHUA OLUWATOSIN
55.OLUSOLA MOYOSOREOLUWA OLUWADAMILOLA
56.MUSILIU QAWAM AREMU
57.MUSTAPHA ABDULJALIL MUFTAHUDDEEN
58.BOYINBODE JOHN OLADEJI
59.IDRIS ABDURRAHMAN
60.ADEJOH VICTOR UGBEDEOJO

South-South

61.DIEPREYE-OMUBO AYEBANOA
62.EDET FAVOUR GODWIN
63.RIMVEN NANSEL PETER
64.IBANGA DAVID JESSE
65.OJILE MARTHA OYILONYE
66.ALFRED DESMOND OBANDE
67.IHENSEKHIEN EMMANUELLA ITOHAN

  1. SAUL SALEM
    69 USMAN FIDELIS JONAH
  2. ETTA VICTORIA NNAMUTEN

North-Central

71.AGBADUDU OGHENEKEVWE
72.EFETUR RUKEVWE JUDITH
73.AKAA ELIJAH AONDOTAKUME
74.AGADA VINCENT AGADA
75.KONKYU RISHA BITRUS
76.ONOJA EMMANUEL OJONUGAWA
77.SULEIMAN FAIZAH HUSSAINA
78.ONOJA JEREMIAH ONOJA
79.ODEY MARTIN UKANYOHE
80.MUNDAT ZITTI LUCAS
81.MIKE-KUSAH KURASE JOHN

  1. MACAULEY CHRISTIAN ABIODUN
  2. FRANCIS OHIERO IBE

North-West

84.ABDULKADIR MUHAMMAD BATURE
85 TAURA ABUBAKAR MAGAJI
86 TAURA AMINU MAGAJI (from the same family as 85)
87.HARUNA ADAMU ABBAS

  1. IBRAHIM BARO YIDI

North-East

89.ROLAND DONALD FARANSA
90.MUSTAPHA MUSTAPHA BUNU

Nigeria is ours to build, and we must build it together with FAIRNESS AND JUSTICE!

Kabir Dalha Kabir
Wrote from Kano.

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