Delta Government Pays 30,000 Students Bursaries, Combats Illegal Land Occupation

By Jemimah Wellington, JKNMedia Reporter

BURSAY payments have been made to 30, 116 students from Delta State studying in tertiary institutions nationwide for the 2022/2023 academic session.

The Delta State government says it takes this initiative to support students’ educational pursuits and alleviate their financial burdens.

Leading the pack of beneficiaries is Delta State University, Abraka, with 8,330 students receiving the bursary, followed by the University of Benin and Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, with 3,650 and 2,686 beneficiaries, respectively.

Dr. Godfrey Enita, executive secretary of the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board, expressed gratitude to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for facilitating the release of funds for these payments.

The selection process ensured that 30,116 students met the eligibility criteria, including being of Delta State origin, enrolled in 200 level and above, possessing a National Identification Number (NIN), and maintaining a 2.2 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Furthermore, the inclusion of students from private tertiary institutions highlights the government’s commitment to providing opportunities for all Deltans, regardless of their educational institutions.

In a separate development, the Delta State government has issued a demolition notice to illegal occupiers of government lands, particularly around Dennis Osadebay University in Asaba.

Chief Frank Omare, Chairman of the Taskforce on Recovery of Government Lands, emphasized the government’s zero=tolerance policy towards illegal structures built on state lands.

Areas such as 74 Road, Musa Camp, and Dennis Osadebay University were inspected, with warnings issued to illegal developers to vacate the premises before demolition begins.

The government reaffirmed its dedication to reclaiming unlawfully acquired lands across all 25 local government areas of the state.

While addressing concerns from affected families and communities, government officials assured that due process would be followed in resolving land disputes, with a commitment to ensuring that legitimate land rights are upheld.  

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