The Executive Secretary, Delta State Scholarship and Bursary Board, Comrade Elijah Eloge, has disclosed how his team on assumption of office uncovered N400 million bursary illegally paid to students from other states who entered the list of authentic and qualified Deltans, through fictitious documents.
Eloge disclosed this when he received members of Indigenous Newspapers and Magazines Channel (INMC), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, who were led on a courtesy visit by Comrade Spence Friday Idighri.
“On assumption of office we carried out a holistic verification of eligible Deltans in collaboration with National Identity Management Commission (NINC). We discovered that out of 40,000 students on bursary list only 20,000 were genuine and qualified Deltans,” he stressed.
He commended the press for remaining resolute on the side of the masses especially during the struggle for democracy in the military era.
Idighri said Eloge has distinguished himself right from his days as the Vice Chairman, Patani LGA, the State Universal and Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and now at the Scholarship and Bursary Board.
He solicited assistance of the board in the furnishing of the INMC’s secretariat.