By Ogaga Ariemu, Abuja
More than a dozen of Nigerian postgraduate students sponsored by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) resumes studies in the Turkey studying various courses in Information Technology and related fields.
The Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CIIE, while addressing the 16(Sixteen) masters degree and one PhD candidates urged them to not only be Nigerian ambassador but that of NITDA’s and their various families as well.
The DG, who was represented at the event by the Director Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions Dr. Usman Abdullahi Gambo adviced the students to consider themselves extremely lucky to have been selected among the over two thousand applicants(2,000) across the country through a keenly contested exercise.
Dr Usman further averred that this set represents the first batch of forty postgraduate students that scaled the hurdles and prove their competence to enjoy NITDA scholarship this year(2020). The students are expected to pursue a postgraduate degree into Masters and PhD at the prestigious FIRAT University in Turkey.
The selection of masters degree students whose duration of study is between one year or 18 months was based on one student per state of the federation including FCT, while the PhD students, whose duration of study is 3 years, were selected on the basis of one student per zone.
The students were further reminded of the enormous responsibilities they are shouldering by representing Nigeria and NITDA because they will henceforth be regarded as NITDA Scholars.
They will have to justify the confidence repose in them by not only coming out in flying colours but with destabilizing innovations that will take the world by storm.
They were equally reminded of their signed contract with NITDA to return to Nigeria after their studies to give back to the country for a minimum of three years.
This, among others, is another way of fulfilling NITDAs mandate and priority areas of capacity building in Information Technology Development.
Speaking on behalf of the students, the only PhD candidate in their midst, who expresses joy and thanked NITDA for restoring the love of Nigeria in their minds.
Speaking enthusiastically he explained that he had earlier lost all hope in the country believing that nothing good can happen to a commoner who has no God father but with this seamless exercise that was strictly based on merit I now wish to pledge my love and loyalty to the country with a promise to give back to the society from what I have benefitted, he said.