President Goodluck Jonathan has granted masters and Ph.D scholarships to the 51 members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) honoured in this year’s president’s honours award.
He disclosed this at the 2010 award ceremony which held at the banquet hall of the presidential villa.
The president amidst cheers from the corp members announced that “all awardees with first class and second class upper, will have automatic scholarship for masters and Phd, while those with second class lower who can secure admission within the next 6months in any institution in the world, will also benefit from the scholarship”.
He also said those with science and petroleum backgrounds will be sponsored by the Petroleum Development Trust Fund(PTDF) while those in other disciplines will be sponsored by the Education Trust Fund (ETF).
“The awardees will also get automatic employment into the federal civil service” the president said, noting that those who already have state government’s employment are free to choose.
Mr. Jonathan further directed the Head of the Civil Service Dapo Afolabi to compile the list and bring to him for endorsement adding that the awardees will get their employment letters before the 25th of December.
The president, while assuring that votes will count in 2011 said the federal government will support the emerging NYSC/INEC collaboration for good governance.
Mr. Jonathan also directed that the “INEC and all security agencies should ensure that the corp members are well protected to discharge their onerous duty”.
The president hopes that the NYSC will justify the hope and trust reposed on them to fulfill the vision of a free and fair election.