Venezuela Scholarship Beneficiaries Return Home
By Raphael Oni
In contributing to the advancement of the world today, there is the need for the emergence of professionals in various disciplines. One of the most important agents that mode people is attending a higher institution in order to get the required training. In today’s world, financial assistance is necessary for many university students and scholarships are the most desirable form of financial aid. Many scholarships are based on merit or awarded as recognition for certain achievements.
As scholarships are essentially free money, students can instead focus on their careers instead of worrying about how they will repay their student loan. They also allow students to pursue subjects that require postgraduate training such as MBAs. By removing financial barriers, scholarships make education and career goals easier to achieve. Having a scholarship that pays for your education can actually reduce your risk of dropping out and not getting the degree you want.
In recognition of the role played by the Venezuela government in getting some young Nigerians to become men and women of noble careers through the scholarship awarded to them in 2010 by the Hugo Chavez administration made a group of individuals visited the Venezuela Embassy in Abuja. H. E. Miguelangel Della VecchiaTroccoli, Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Nigeria who played host to the beneficiaries and their parents was glad to receive the young medical practitioners at the Embassy, who paid a courtesy visit to express their appreciation to the government and people of Venezuela.
You will recalled that in 2010, during Hugo Chavez Frias’ tenure as President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the government of Venezuela gave about 35 students from Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leon an opportunity to study Agricultural Science and Medicine on a fully paid scholarship scheme within the frame work of Fundacion Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho (FUNDAYACUCHO) which is today continued by President Nicolás Maduro Moros.
The Scholarship Scheme is meant to help students get an education in Venezuela in the fields of Agricultural science and Medicine so that they will graduate, go back to their individual countries and help in teaching others everything they learnt in Venezuela and also add value to the society and country at large. Beneficiaries from Nigeria were selected based on their performance in an aptitude test that was set up for them in some states of the federation. After which they were granted admission into various universities in Venezuela. The scholarship scheme offered by the government of Venezuela was a complete package. It includes round trip ticket, feeding, tuition and accommodation bills were completely paid for till the end of their study year. A total of 20 young Nigerians benefited from the scheme.
Venezuela has deepened relations with Nigeria in the past few years in a more humanist dimension propelled by the driving force of the Bolivarian government after a continuous fruitful and diplomatic relations since 1965.
The Head of Mission, Venezuela Embassy, Nigeria, H.E Miguelangel Della Vecchia has described the cooperation and bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Venezuela as mutual and amazing. In his words, ‘’we have many things in common especially now that we have a Nigerian who is the Secretary General of OPEC. Both countries support each other at OPEC level and other bilateral and multi-lateral fora,”
In accordance with the Nigerian Federal Character, the beneficiaries of the scholarship offered by the Venezuelan government were equally distributed as it cut across of the geo-political zones of the nation. The returnees have expressed appreciation and commitment to pay back to the Nigerian society for the opportunity they received from Venezuela which has change their status in life. They left Nigeria years back as ordinary people today they are back to Nigeria as Medical Doctors.