Chief Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports, has declared the launch of the Dare Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme (DUGGS) targeted at providing financial support to indigent students of Oyo State, in any University or Polytechnic across the nation.
He made this announcement following his 55th birthday celebration in Ibadan, Oyo state.
In a release signed by his media office, this is in furtherance of the Minister’s Penchant for Youth Development and Growth, as well as providing support for indigent students of Oyo State.
Qualified students will be selected as beneficiaries of this scholarship program, from any University/Polytechnic across the nation.
The scholarship announcement was met with a standing ovation from the youths who immediately made enquiries on the process of being beneficiaries.
The Minister assured them that this maiden edition of the scholarship will sponsor as many students as possible who meet the eligibility criteria.
However, the scholarship scheme will eventually become an annual event.
Chieftains of the All Progressive Congress (APC), also joined the jubilant Youths, saying that although they are not youths, they would always celebrate Chief Sunday Dare.
The party hosted about 120 youth who came to celebrate the 55th birthday anniversary of the Minister, at his Akobo area residence in Ibadan, who have applauded his introduction of a scholarship scheme for Indigent Oyo State students.
Matters around youth development took centre stage, overshadowing the birthday celebrations.
The celebrations-turned -youth engagement fascinated the celebrant as he hosted questions from the youths and also educated them on the milestones of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development; where he particularly emphasised the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) which is one of the initiatives of the Ministry.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister said
“The NYIF is aimed at essentially supporting entrepreneurship among the youth. Thousands of youth have registered for this loan which will go a long way to boost Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) as well as encourage new business innovations.”
“Also, the Ministry has introduced the Graduate Attachment Program (GAP) with its focal point on integrating fresh graduates into relevant jobs/skills to provide them with the necessary work experience(s) while they also receive a stipend during the program.
“At the end of this program, the beneficiaries will be enriched with the required work experience for other larger roles in the public and private sectors,” he affirmed.