Federal Ministry of Education has raised the alarm over the activities of some Nigerians who defraud unsuspecting admission seekers into the various federal unity schools and Federal Government scholarships into local and foreign tertiary institutions.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, made this public in Abuja, yesterday and cautioned parents/guardians and candidates seeking for admission, whether into any of the unity schools in the country or federal scholarships into local and foreign tertiary institutions, against falling victims to the activities of these fraudsters.
He 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 members of 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 awarded.
“Similar reports have also been received on admissions into Federal Government Unity Colleges. The ministry does not charge money to offer admission at any level. If a candidate is not selected under national merit, state equity or other criteria, there are no agents that would be paid to make the admission possible. Please be mindful of admission racketeers,” Nwaobiala cautioned.
Nwaobiala said the persons involved in these criminal acts had no relationship with the ministry and Federal Scholarship Board, adding that no money was collected for processing and awarding of scholarship and for admission into the Unity Colleges or any federal institution.
“Candidates are advised to disregard these calls and messages. Whosoever does any transactions of such, does so at his/her own risk. Please note that these fraudulent acts have been reported to the law enforcement agents for further investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book,” he stated.
The permanent secretary further disclosed that the method adopted by the con men is such that they first ask their victims to pay N19,750 into a specified bank account for the processing of either the admission or the scholarship and, afterwards, request payment of N100,000 for the collection of purported admission or scholarship letters.
He advised parents, guardians, applicants and the general public to be wary of fraudsters and racketeers and to conduct their businesses through approved channels.
“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 National Planning Commission ratifies the results.
“The process above provides the data bank for the board’s nomination and selection as the case may be. It should however be emphasised that no payment of money is required throughout the entire process, and the awards are usually advertised in national media,” he said.

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