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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.