The Russian Federation is ahead of 18 other countries awarding scholarships to Nigerian students to study in their respective countries with a total award to 94 students to study in Russia for 2018/2019 academic session under the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) with Nigeria.
Deputy Director Press in the Federation Ministry of Information, Bem Goong, who stated this in a statement on Thursday, also said that Algeria is next to Russia with a total of 21 awards.
The 16 other countries which have BEA with Nigeria according to the statement include Hungary, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Egypt, Ukraine and Serbia.
Others are: Mexico, Cuba, Tunisia, Macedonia, Romania, China and Sierra Leone.
A breakdown of the award shows that a total of 90 awards are for undergraduate programmes from Russia while 4 are post graduate awards.
All the 21 awards from Algeria are for undergraduates programmes.
Making these revelations yesterday at the briefing/Orientation ceremony for the 2018/2019 BEA scholars departing to Russia and Algeria, Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu represented by the Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Lami Amodu said that scholarship is a reward of excellence and encouragement to brilliant Nigerians who could not afford to sponsor their studies in foreign countries.
The Minister affirmed that the gesture is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, goal 4, which aims at making quality education accessible to all Nigerians.
Similarly, Malam Adamu Adamu revealed that Nigeria has also offered reciprocal award to students from China, Romania and Sierra Leone, adding that the country is prepared to do more to meet her obligations under the BEA.
Explaining further, Adamu Adamu said, apart from the BEA Scholarships, the Federal Scholarship Board also gives scholarships for programmes tenable in federal and state universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria as well as post graduate scholarships.
The Minister expressed government profound gratitude to the government of Russia and Algeria for their immense contributions to education in Nigeria.
All the 115 recipients departed yesterday to Russia and Algeria respectively.