Student Biometric was introduced which served the basis for the payment of student bursary through e-payment
Since creation of the Board to July 2012 the Board has been paying students through cash payment i.e through this method.
1). Photocopies of the payment vouchers are displayed at the various pay points to allow student to check for their names.
2) Student having identified their names moves to payment point with the following documents:
a. Award letter;
b. Current ID card of the institution
c. And the rest credentials where any of A or B is missing. Students are referred to the student affairs Officer of the institution for proper identification.
This method of payment (Table payment) was bedeviled with a lot of challenges from students omitting names, duplications and other sharp practices which cost a lot of wastage and ineffectiveness.
To solve these problems and reduce cost on 10th August, 2012 the Board deployed the use of e-payment by capturing the biometric data of the students and other related information. The method was use to pay all students their allowance for 2012. Albeit, this system too was bedeviled with a lots of challenges. Students make a lot of mistake in given personal's data, in addition to using third person's account and for any mistake, mismatch and dormancy of account the money return back to Board's account. With this, we have to look for individual students to correct and send again. This increases the cost of transaction and lost of time, for example, in five transactions, 4,325 were prepared for payment out of this number 338 student were returned to the Board's account. Secondly the banks don't have enough and efficient structure for e-transaction all the time.
In view of the above challenges, the board approved an agreement with a bank to use their explorer platform for the payment of student bursaries. This facility is in form of A.T.M. Card which we branded "ATM Card". Cash withdrawals can be done at any ATM machine in Nigeria for the period of the students study. Once issued it is customized to carry any data about the owner. The advantaged of this system include improvement in turn-around time of the Board, minimized cost and it completely eradicate the challenges of returns associated with the former system (e-payment).
With the improvement of operation in the bank industry where money can be transfer from one account to the other without any stress, we mandate the entire eligible applicant to submit their current and valid account details at the point of registration; we made the transfer directly to their bank account after scrutiny the information they supplied. The workability of this system is unquestionable and it does not only improve transparency and accountability but save time and cost.
The Niger State Scholarship Board serves the students of tertiary institutions by paying them scholarship allowance at the following rates.
a) MBBS/DVM - N60,000
a) Pre Clinical - N30,000
e) Engineering at Degree Level (All field) - N45,000
f) Pharmacy at Degree Level - N30,0000
f) Architecture at Degree Level - N45,0000
f) Environmental at Degree Level - N45,0000
g) LLB at Degree Level - N30,000
h) Other degrees, HND, NCE, ND and OND - N15,000
ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD
a. Award Management Unit – is in charge of Award processing, Extension and change of course, guidance and counseling services and screening.
b. The Finance and Account Unit – is responsible for proper maintenance of account records as laid down by financial instructions, treasury circulars e.t.c.
c. Records and Statistics Unit – is to compile and maintain accurate data and preparation of budget for the Board.
d. Institutional Liaison Unit – is to liaise with all institutions and monitor the progress of students to know their present and progress.
The Chief Servant has also directed the Ministry of Tertiary Education in conjunction with Ministry of Justice to draft a law for the establishment of student loans scheme. The Law shall soon be submitted to the State Executive Council approval and subsequently transmission to the State House of Assembly for consideration and eventual passage; it is to enable Nigerlite access tertiary education and excel in their academic and field of specialization.
BILATERAL EDUCATION AWARD
Bilateral Education Agreement Award is a special type of Award which involves the Federal Government of Nigeria and donor Countries of Caribbean and Africa inform of exchange programme As of Today the Donor countries are As follows:-
The courses available are as follows:-
- Medicine & Para medicine course
- Environmental studies
- Management/Social sciences
- Law/Conflict Resolutions
Scholarship award interview took place in Ilorin, kwara State between 18th to 22nd March, 2013. After the interview about five students from our State were successful. At present we have 17 students benefiting from Bilateral Educational Agreement studying across the donor countries. The state Government contributes $1500 each to all the students of this programme.
This specially dedicated scholarship award for the gifted. Any student of Niger State origin who is able to make seven (7) distinctions is entitle or qualify for this award. The award is 50% sponsorship if the student decides to study in abroad and 100% if he decides to study in any of Nigerian University.
At present six (6) students are benefiting from this scholarship, including recent approval of another candidate to study medicine at Ahmadu Bello Univerityu, Zaria
In Niger State, students have never had it so good than in the present Administration of Chief Servant, Dr.Muazu Babangida Aliyu OON, CON Talban Minna. During this administration, payments of scholarship. Allowances to student have been prompt, timely, smoothly and highly effective. Every month, money is posted into our account as at when due. Indeed we are grateful to our Chief Servant.Mall. Danladi A. Salihu Zungeru