As most applicants must be aware by now, The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria had on February 14 declared a one-month warning strike that has now snowballed into a full-blown strike affecting most of the public universities in the country.
The strike which will be seven months next week has kept public universities closed with Academic activities on hold for most Nigerian students.
After deliberation with funders/stakeholders in the College Relief Fund program, it is expedient that we intimate all applicants, especially current scholarship holders on the modalities that will be in effect this season, especially if the strike persists.
Please note the following statements which have helped to inform the modalities to be in effect.
- Public university students make up approximately 60% of the applicant pool for the College Relief Fund. This is from the most recent data (2022 Batch A).
- More than 50% of disbursements for the last batch were to Public Universities students.
- The last disbursements were made during the period of the current strike action by faculty members of public universities.
- All scholarship holders are also eligible to apply in subsequent batches.
The modalities to be implemented therefore are:
- Current scholarship holders (including 2022 Batch A) are still eligible to apply for the current batch.
- All applications will continue to be vetted in line with our standard practices.
- However, should the strike continue until the Pre-Selection of candidates, all 2022 Batch A applicants will NOT be considered for the current scholarship batch.
- For across-the-board implementation, this will affect both private and public institutions.
In light of these, we will also follow up on the latest updates and communicate important updates here regarding the strike action.
Please take notice.