Minister lauds EU scholarship award to over 90 Nigerians

Citing rare kind gesture, the Federal Government has applauded the scholarship awarded to more than 90 Nigerians by the European Union (EU) under the European Community Action Scheme for Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS+) programme.

Also, the Federal Government added that ERASMUS+ programme is in tandem with the National Youth Policy goal of youth engagement and development, which is an indispensable tool for socio-political and sustainable economic development in Nigeria.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, stated this yesterday during the virtual pre-departure orientation for the beneficiaries.

Dare recalled that since 2014 when the programme started in Nigeria till date, a large number of Nigerians have benefitted.

He added that to attest to the high quality and value of the programme, beneficiaries of the programme have been doing great exploits in Nigeria and all over the world.

“Therefore, I want to commend the European Community for extending this wonderful opportunity to Nigerian young people, the hope and future of our great country. The number of Nigerian students selected for the programme this year is highly encouraging. This further strengthens our confidence in the EU’s strong commitment to expanding opportunities for Nigerians, especially the youth, the future of the country.

“The Nigerian Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari since inception, prioritised investment in, and creating development opportunities for young Nigerians to excel in all their endeavours. This is the reason why it is very heart-warming that the ERASMUS+ programme has been a fulcrum to this commitment as we strive to secure the future and hope of Nigeria. The ministry therefore, identifies with the noble objectives of the ERASMUS+ programme because it aligns with the National Youth Policy goal of youth engagement and development as a veritable tool for socio-political and sustainable economic development,” the minister added.

Dare further reminded the beneficiaries that a lot of hope rest on their shoulders and much was expected of them in the ERASMUS+ programme and as ambassadors of Nigeria.

“You cannot afford to fail because Nigeria in particular places so much hope and expectations on you as future leaders who would deploy the knowledge, skills and experience to be garnered from the programme to better the lot of Nigeria in terms of providing good leadership and service delivery to the nation. Your predecessors of this programme are already doing great exploits all over the world. This throws a serious challenge at you as you must strive hard to surpass their achievements and carve a niche for yourselves,” Dare said.

He stressed that in Nigeria today, quality leadership was more imperative than ever before in order to meet set goals and expectations of the citizenry.

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