Delta State Government Gives First Class Graduates N5 Million Each to Further their Education

Graduating from a University with a first class degree is usually celebrated all over the world as an exceptional feat. In most cases, the graduate is presented with cash, gift items, job offers and opportunities for furthering his or her education in presitigous universities upon attaining this degree.

However, often times, the cash awards given to the recipients brings up debates in some circles.

Yesterday, the Delta state government presented the sum of  N5,000,000 to each of her first Class Graduates to further their education in any University of their choice, an act which has raised up another round of debate. This is how it was reported on the Delta State Government’s Facebook page:

Delta state Government under the leadership of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has today, as her custom, presented a scholarship of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000) to each of her first Class Graduates to further their educational career in any University of their choice. Delta state Government also gave Fifty Thousand naira (N50,000) each to her Students in the Nigeria Law School (2011 and 2012 Batches) to make-up their scholarship of One Hundred Thousand (N100,000) as promised by the State Government.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan presenting a cheque to one of the beneficiaries

The debate surrounding this presentation comes in different forms. Some have argued that the sum is too much. Others have said they shouldn’t have been given the cash, but instead, should have sent the students to reputable Universities for their Masters Degrees and paid their tuition fees directly to the Universities.

In another vein, some have argued that the students would use the money to travel abroad and not return back to impact their home state in any way. And still, some have said they may not use the money to further their education but rather use it for other purposes.

On the other hand, the presentation of the cash awards to the graduates has been lauded by quite a number of people.

The news report did not state the criteria for selection of the graduates or the institutions they attended. While we laud the goodwill of the Delta State government, the arguments for and against the cash presentation raises some pertinent points that should not be ignored.

What are your views?

Photo Credit: Delta State Government Facebook Page

20 Comments on Delta State Government Gives First Class Graduates N5 Million Each to Further their Education
  • precious December 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

    dats good.if dat can continue,it would be nice………..

  • Okechukwu Ofili December 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    At least the money is going to the people.

  • Someone December 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Giving them the cash is a very good idea. If a student does not want to further his/her education, 5 million Naira is good enough to start up something good. If well utilised, these students will be set up for the rest of their lives.

  • Julius December 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    True talk someone!

  • Glam December 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Wonderful gesture…Other Governors please emulate.

  • Wale December 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Great idea, that is more than enough to start a business. We need to create jobs and small businesses are the catalyst for job creation in any economy. I will use half for graduate
    school and the remaining half for a well thought of business. Like someone rightly said above, at least the money is going to the people.

  • Miss Tm December 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    With N5 million in my hand, its business oh further studies ke? No when I have mde enough profit from the business,I can consider studies. Too many postgraduate students with no jobs especially in Naija + the money isnt enough to cater for their needs if they were to consider studying abroad. Like Ofili said,’at least the money is going to the people’.

  • Chris Ayo Joseph December 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    This is what Governance is all about and other Governors should please do likewise. A very good platform for the beneficiaries to fulfill their destiny. My advice goes out to the guys among them; Please Guy’s be Wise in your spending.
    God Bless Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.


  • Trendysturvs December 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

    God Bless Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

  • Bee Dazzler December 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

    All i can say is i am jealous. seriously am happy for them. if i were in there shoes, i love schooling, i will go for Masters with the money alongside doing a small business with the rest.

    i don’t see anything problem with the cash prize, it was a way of rewarding the std of their hardwork.

  • ij December 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

    portmanteaux at the ready ,Canada here they come

  • Scarlet Xianne December 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Yes o. Cash in hand is better.I know a few people who are still at home after their postgraduate degree, sponsored by govt self. Uduaghan has done well with this one. I’m a beneficiary of the bursary.

  • faith December 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Very nice….

  • SUCCESS December 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I appreciate the Governor for empowering these young stars because they have proved their academics seriousness. Madan scarlet mind you,first class is not for a good job but I see it as an extensive self discipline and focus which when retained apply to all works of life. once again,kudos to these candidates.wishing you all a successful life endeavor through GOD”s mighty hands Amen.

    • Scarlet Xianne December 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

      I don’t see where I said first class will give you a good job o…..

  • Soraya December 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    It does not matter whether you give the N5m in cash or paid the fees directly to the university, what matters is helping these youngsters so that they can in turn help their society- it is about giving these young people a choice in whether to further their education or to set up a business to employ people- the wise ones will reap bountiful harvest over and over again.

    • Scarlet Xianne December 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

      You’ve made some valid points….

  • Rabi December 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    An SSCE holder with enough determination and boldness to succeed will get a job while a postgraduate with determination but without enough boldness to succeed maybe jobless

  • NSG December 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Good move Mr Governor!

  • Willy August 27, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Can someone who had Distinction in his/her HND in Polytechnic eligible to apply for the first class scholarship?

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