The ministers and other top officials who allegedly hijacked a scholarship scheme for young Nigerians put in place by Chinese firm, CCECC, have been identified.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how an undergraduate scholarship scheme by the Chinese construction firm, CCECC, for young Nigerians was cornered for ministers and other top public officials.
The top officials who benefitted were identified in a document used by the construction firm, CCECC, to permit selected candidates to participate in the scholarship interview.
Only the persons whose names were on the document were allowed for the interview at the firms’ office in Abuja. Each of the names were typed close to the top officials who nominated them as seen by PREMIUM TIMES. Several other candidates who showed up for the interview without being on the ‘special’ list from the officials were stopped at the gate.
This newspaper was able to get a peek at the list of the candidates selected for the interview. The government officials who nominated them were listed beside the candidates’ names.
Some of the government officials who made nominations, as seen on the CCECC list, are:
**Minister of State for Education (HMS Ed.), Anthony Onwuka;
**Minister of Youth and Sports Development (HM Y&SD), Solomon Dalung;
**Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing (HMS PWH), Suleiman Hassan;
**Jigawa State Governor (Gov. Jigawa), Badaru Abubakar;
**Minister of Transportation (HMT), Rotimi Amaechi;
**Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (HM AR&D); Audu Ogbeh;
**Deputy Chief of Staff at the Presidential Villa (DCOS Villa), Ade Ipaye;
**Minister of State for Aviation (HMS(Av), Hadi Sirika;
**Minister of State for Trade and Investment (HMS (T&Inv), Aisha Abubakar;
**Minister of Niger Delta Affairs (HM NDA), Usani Usani;
**Minister of Communication Technology (HM CT), Adebayo Shittu; and
**Minister of Budget and National Planning (HM B&NP), Udo Udoma.
When contacted on why their principals made such nominations for scholarships meant for all Nigerians, many of the spokespersons denied knowledge of the nominations while others referred questions to the transport ministry which asked for the nominations.
The spokesperson to Mr Ogbeh, Olukayode Oyeleye, and that of works and housing ministry, Eno Olotu, said they were not aware of the scholarships or the nominations by their principals.