It was confusion galore at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Scores of young Nigerians, who travelled long distances from all in excess of the nation, besieged the elaborate to post purposes for foreign scholarships staying available by China Civil Engineering Building Company (CCECC).
But authorities at the transport ministry turned down their programs, stating no this sort of alternatives exist. The youth then protested, and at a position blocked the ministry’s entrance.
In reality, to douse escalating tension by the restless youth, the Long-lasting Secretary at the Ministry, Sabiu Zakari, issued a push statement Wednesday night time suggesting that any assert that the Chinese organization was giving “railway engineering scholarships” is a scam.
“The ministry is not getting any software for such teaching from the standard community,” Mr. Zakari explained. “Therefore the standard community is suggested to disregard any details becoming circulated for submission of such applications to the Ministry or any other individual.”
But insiders have explained to Premium Moments that the lasting secretary and his ministry were being not telling the truth of the matter.
“The info are that CCECC, which is creating a double-observe regular gauge railway from Lagos in Southern Nigeria to Kano in the North, experienced approached the transportation ministry informing it of its approach to sponsor a quantity of youthful Nigerians to study for bachelor levels in railway engineering in China,” a best official stated. He requested not to be named for worry he may well be victimised.
But rather than promote the prospects to ask for programs from intrigued Nigerian youth, the ministry basically contacted top rated authorities officials to nominate candidates for the slots, our resources stated.
Interested Nigerians with out connections to ministers and other govt officials ended up efficiently blocked from competing for the scholarships, they reported.
Insiders at the ministry also said all those requested to nominate candidates contain ministers, long-lasting secretaries, presidency officials and pick federal lawmakers. The officials have been requested to make the nominations in their own capacities.
For Ismail Oyejola, a different applicant, “this is a shattered desire for youthful Nigerians”.
Mr Oyejola added, “My neighbour who functions with the Jail Services knowledgeable me about the scholarship and asked me to submit but I have been coming listed here to submit since then but no person attended to me.”
Nike Abdulrahman, an indignant guardian who joined in the protest, explained, “How can they say our wards are not likely to post simply because it is faux? How can a letter that has been in circulation from June 12, obtained and acknowledged by the ministry of trade and investment decision on June 12 and has been circulating nationwide be bogus?”
She claimed it was an act of irresponsibility for the ministry of transportation not to problem a disclaimer for 11 times for the duration of which details about the alternatives circulated nationwide.
CCECC Headquaters in Abuja.
Fareedah Nasir, another dad or mum explained, “If it was a fraud, why ended up they silent? Why did not they address Nigerians because the submission ended June 20? We have spent loads of income on transport, accommodation and feeding in Abuja. How can they convey to us it is an inside memo?
“We want the ministry to liaise with the ministry of inside to refund monies that have been produced for the earlier 11 times for kids less than the age of 17-20 a long time. We experienced to do passports due to the fact the round requested for it as a requirements. If the circular is not legitimate like they claimed, they had 11 days to debunk it. But they hardly ever did.”
Candidates for the CCECC schorlaship.