A Central Nigerian Scholar, Prof. Clement Dakas on Friday announced a N1m ($6,000USD) grant for 50 “poor students” of the University of Jos.
The grant is to support “indigent students struggling with their fees,” said the Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
Born out of compassion, given his struggles during his undergraduate studies, Dakas hopes the fund would help the student fulfill their dreams.
“I trekked long distances to attend lectures out of poverty during my undergraduate studies and wish they don’t experience same,” he said while delivering the 2019 Uni-Jos Convocation Lecture.
The ex Director, Research, Nigerian Institute of Advance Legal Studies ( NIALS), Abuja, however requested the University to select the beneficiaries.
They must however comprise 50% males and females from no particular state, he said.
Moved by the offer, the Nigerian Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen described the Scholar as an ambassador of gender and economic equality.
“He is indeed a ‘He for She’,” Tallen said.
The University of Jos Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sebastian Maimako who received the bank cheque for the grant also described Dakas as humble and selfless.