The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, who stated this at a press conference while reacting to allegation of fraudulent activities in the ministry with particular reference to the Federal Scholarship Board, said the ministry and agencies under its supervision have no relationship with fraudulent persons.
Nwaobiala further said; “In recent times it has come to the notice of the management of the Federal Ministry of Education that some fraudulent persons who claim to be staff of Federal Scholarship Board are contacting Federal Scholarship applicants/scholars via telephone calls and text messages demanding payment of some amount of money into some particular bank accounts before their scholarships are processed and rewarded”.
He emphasized that if a candidate seeking admission into Federal Government Unity Colleges is not selected under national merit, state equity or other criteria, there are no agents that would be paid to make the admission possible.
According to him; “The procedures for obtaining the scholarship awards are via online application followed by nationwide nomination interviews, after which the Inter-Ministerial Committee meeting made up of Federal Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Federal Character Commission and the National Planning Commission ratifies the results”.
Nwaobiala advised parents, guardians, applicants and members of the public to be wary of fraudsters and racketeers and to conduct their business though official and approved channels.
“The official channels for dealing with the Federal Scholarship Board or Federal Ministry of Education are through the websites: www.fsb.gov.ng andwww.fme .gov.ng as well as the official telephone numbers and personal visits,” he explained.
Nwaobiala confirmed that the ministry has received report and has information on the activities of the fraudsters, saying; “”they ask their victims to pay N19,750 as the first payment, if the victims fall into their trap, they will be requested pay extra N100,000 for award letters.”
The Permanent Secretary stressed that no payment of money is required throughout the entire process adding that the awards are usually advertised in national dailies.