The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has refuted media reports that the World Bank and the institution were giving scholarships to indigent or any other category of students.
This was contained in a statement made available to Newsmen yesterday in Abuja by the director, Media and Publicity, NOUN, Ibrahim Sheme.
The vice-chancellor of the varsity, Prof Abdalla Uba Adamu, said in the statement that the clarification became necessary in view of the understanding in some quarters that the bank was going to be awarding scholarships directly to people who wish to obtain tertiary education through the university.
Adamu explained that if NOUN is seeking sponsorship for the less privileged students, such as internally displaced persons, women and indigent youth, it would first and foremost sell the idea to the individual states.
“If a state government buys into the concept, it will then approach the World Bank indicating its interest. The bank will evaluate the request and then, if it is satisfied, provide funds to NOUN for the sponsorship of students from the state, and only if the World Bank is satisfied that there will be equity and transparency in the selection process,” he said.
“World Bank and NOUN are therefore not going to give scholarship to anybody. Neither will the bank provide any money to the individual states directly for this purpose.