We are constantly inundated with emails and queries, seeking confirmation or validity of scholarship/admission propositions made to individuals by people claiming to work for, or affiliated with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
People claiming affiliation with Federal Government use social media and other platforms to deceive unsuspecting victims, luring them into parting with sums of money under the guise of admission (into Federal Unity Colleges) and scholarship award processing.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobila, said: “It has come to the notice of the management of the Federal Ministry of Education that some fraudulent persons who parade themselves as staff of the Federal Scholarship Board are contacting Federal Scholarship applicants/scholars via telephone calls and text messages demanding payment of money into some particular bank accounts before their scholarships are processed and awarded.”
Nwaobila said that although no one has been arrested, the fraudulent acts have been reported to the law enforcement agents for further investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.
The permanent secretary disclosed that no payment of money is required throughout the entire scholarship award process and the ministry does not charge money to offer admission at any level.