According to the release by the Management of the Commission, "for the ease of application, a Website, www.desopadecbursary.ng has been opened and all interested and eligible students are therefore advised to visit the Website to apply and complete the application form."
On eligibility of those to apply, the release emphasized that the students must be indigenes of DESOPADEC mandate areas of Ijaw, Isoko, Itsekiri, Ika, Ndokwa and Urhobo and currently studying in the University or Polytechnic in Nigeria. They must also be in 200 Level and above (for University students) and ND2 (for Polytechnic students).
The released document further stated that the following items: A recent Passport Photograph, Student ID Card, Letter of Admission, Local Government of Origin/Identification Certificate and a letter of Identification from the Students' Union/Association Chapter President of their Ethnic Nationality would need to be uploaded, to complete the filling of the form.
While formally launching the website to kick start this year’s bursary process, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, disclosed that the present Board had the interest of the students at heart, hence the programme coming to fruition.
In his words, “Let me say that here in DESOPADEC, we have the interest of the students at heart, and though provision of bursary is not our core mandate to operate, we believe that where appropriate and where the finances are available, it will be in the need for us to intervene in that area.”
According to the DESOPADEC helmsman, the Covid -19 Pandemic and Endsars protest were the twin social issues that militated against the actualization of the bursary take off last year, but was thrilled to say that its actualization this year was a done deal.
He informed the students' representatives under the auspices of Confederation of Delta State Oil Producing Ethnic Nationality Students’ Union (CODSOPENSU), who were present during the Launch that the Commission was desirous to give a bursary sum of #30,000 to each of 1,500 students from each of the ethnic nationalties of Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko, Ndokwa and Ika while 3,000 slots would be given to the Urhobos, taking into cognizance, its much larger students population.
While expressing thanks and appreciation to the MD and the Board for the timely gesture, members of CODSOPENSU led by Comrade Bright Epechi, who is also the President of the Federated Union of Ndokwa Students (FUNS), appealed to management to include students of Colleges of Education and those of School of Health in the bursary programme.
In response to the request, the MD/CEO stated categorically that the bursary scheme was not a right but a privilege and that consideration of their request would not be entertained now, but likely in the future.
Present at the occasion on the part of DESOPADEC were the Executive Director, Social Services, Barr Leonard Anoka; the Director of Finance, Mr Louis Ajieh; SSA to the Governor on DESOPADEC, Chief Prosper Edo; Head, Security Unit, amongst others, while on the part of CODSOPENSU were President, Ijaw Students Union, Oturubo T. Collins; President, National Union of Isoko Students, Ezuzu Paul O; President, Itsekiri National Students' Union, Tserundede Arueyingho; President, National Association of Ika Students, Elegbon C. Chucks and President, National Union of Urhobo Students, Aregbor Ochuko.