LAWS OF NASARAWA STATE OF NIGERIA
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NASARAWA STATE SCHOLARSHIP BOARD EDICT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Date of Commencement
THE MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NASARAWA STATE OF NIGERIA hereby makes the following Edict:
PART I – PRELIMINARIES
Citation and Commencement
“Board” means the Nasarawa State Scholarship Board established under Section 3 of this Edict.
“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Board appointed under Section 4 of this Edict.
“Member” means a member of the Scholarship Board.
“Scholarship” means scholarship award and includes bursary or annual award, and may include maintenance, tuition, project, transport and any item which the Board may so decide.
“State” means Nasarawa State of Nigeria.
“Institution of Higher Learning” means any accredited Post Senior Secondary School.
“Auditor” means the Auditor General of the State or his representative.
“Secretary” means Secretary of the Board as defined under Section 16 of this Edict.
PART II – ESTABLISHMENT AND CONSTITUTION OF THE BOARD
Establishment of the Board
Constitution of the Board
(a) The Honourable Commissioner for Education.
(b) The Honourable Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning.
(c) The Attorney General/Commissioner of Justice.
(d) The Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Establishment.
(e) The Vice Chancellor, University of Jos or his representative.
(f) The Chairman, Civil Service Commission.
(g) The Chairman, Teachers’ Service Commission.
Tenure of Office
(2) Any other member of the Board other than an ex-officio member shall hold office for such a period not exceeding four years or as may be determined by the appointing authority and he shall be eligible for re-appointment for another term only on the expiration of the first term.
Resignation of appointment by member
Filling of Vacancy
Effect of Vacancy
Disqualification’s From office
(a) Has been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty.
(b) Is incapacitated by physical or mental illness from performing his functions as a member.
(c) Has such financial or other interests in the operation of the Board which is likely to affect prejudicially the discharge of his functions as a member.
(d) Has become bankrupt or made arrangement with his creditors.
(e) Has otherwise been unable or unfit to discharge his function as a member, the Military Administrator may revoke his appointment or declare his office vacant and after receiving a written notification of this fact that member shall cease to hold office.
Reconstruction of the Board
Remuneration and allowances of non-public office members
Proceedings of the Board
Appointment of Administrative Secretary
Protection of members
PART III – POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD
Power to award Scholarship and appoint staff
(a) Award Scholarships to successful candidates of State origin to enable them study in accredited institutions of higher learning within the country only.
(b) Subject to the powers of any regulations that may be made under section 34 of this Edict, appoint and exercise disciplinary control over the staff of the Board.
(a) Issue advertisement and to invite applications for scholarship.
(b) Require applicants to complete specified forms and to provide full information concerning themselves in such manner as the Board may require.
(c) Advise applicants on courses for which they are qualified.
(d) Request institutions of higher learning to provide information concerning the entry qualifications, course content and syllabi of courses they provide.
(e) Lay down terms and conditions for the grant of scholarship and category of persons to whom a scholarship is to be awarded.
(f) Request the State Civil Service Commission, the Teachers’ Service Commission, the Local Government Service Commission and the Office of the Head of Service to provide information on manpower requirements of the State and job opportunities.
(g) Inform the State Civil Service Commission, Teachers’ Service Commission and Local Government Service Commission of all students finishing their courses for consideration for possible employment.
Delegation of powers
(2) In the exercise of any power delegated under Sub-section (1) of this Section, the person(s) to whom the delegation is made shall comply with any requirements and standards laid down by the Board in respect of the powers delegated or any of them, and nothing in this Section shall preclude the Board in any proper case from itself exercising the power notwithstanding any delegation under this Section.
PART IV – FINANCIAL PROVISION, SOURCES OF REVENUE OF THE BOARD ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
Fund of the Board
(2) There shall be credited to the fund:
(a) Such monies as may from time to time be appropriated to the Board by an Appropriation Edict of the State.
(b) All such monies paid to the Board by way of grants, donations, gifts, subsidies, charges, free subscriptions, interests and royalties.
(c) All other monies which may in any manner become payable to the Board in respect of any matter incidental to its powers or functions under this Edict.
Books of Accounts
Annual Statement and auditing of accounts
(2) The said annual statement of accounts shall be a fair and accurate statement of the financial position, and of the results of the operations of the Board for the financial year which it relates.
(3) The Board shall cause the annual statement of accounts required by Section 22(1) of this Edict to be audited not later than six months after the end of each financial year by the Auditor General of the State or by any other persons authorized by him.
(4) As soon as the said annual statement of accounts has been audited as required by Sub-section (1) of this Section, the Board shall forward to the Military Administrator a copy of the said statement of accounts together with a copy of the report made by the Auditors.
(2) The estimates shall differentiate between:
(a) The provision for the continuing cost of existing students in institutions of higher learning.
(b) The provision for scholarship awards to new and extension students in institutions of higher learning.
(2) The Annual Report required under Subsection (1) of this Section shall contain a full account of the activities of the Board in the financial year and report shall in particular state:
(a) The number of applications received in the year.
(b) The number of scholarship awarded, giving details of the names of successful applicants, Local Government Areas, duration of the award, the date of expiry of the scholarship, the institution for which the award is given, and any other information as the Military Administrator may direct.
(c) The number of scholarship awards broken down into disciplines; and
(d) A survey of the employment taken up by the scholars who completed their courses in the previous year.
PART V – ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD
Posted of staff
Powers of the Admin. Secretary
Power of the Military Administrator
Power of the Board to appoint and exercise disciplinary control over employees
(2) The exercise of the power vested in the Board by Subsection (1) shall be subject to the provisions of any regulations or rules that may be made.
Power to appoint Committees
[Power o make Regulations]
[Meetings of the Board]
(2) At a meeting of the Board:
(a) The Chairman of the Board shall, if present be the Chairman of the meeting; and
(b) If the Chairman of the Board is not present or if the office of the Chairman is vacant, the members of the Board who are present shall choose one from among themselves to be Chairman of the meeting.
(3) Every question at a meeting of the Board shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting on the question and in the case of a tie, the Chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
(4) Any six members of the Board may by notice in writing signed by them request the Chairman to call a special meeting of the Board for the purposes set out in such notice and the Chairman shall thereupon call a special meeting.
[Seal of the Board]
(2) The common seal of the Board shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman of the Board or some other member authorized by the Board to act in that behalf and the signature of the Secretary of the Board.
(3) Judicial notice shall be taken of the Common Seal of the Board and every document purporting to be an instrument made by the Board and sealed by the common seal (purporting to be authenticated in accordance with this paragraph) of the Board shall be received in evidence and be deemed to be such instrument without further proof unless the contrary is shown.
(4) Any contract or instrument which if entered into or executed by a person not being a body corporate, would not require to be under seal, may be entered or executed on behalf of the Board by any person generally or specifically authorized by the Board for the purpose.
(5) Any document purporting to be a document duly executed or issued under the seal of the Board or on behalf of the Board shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to be a document so executed or issued as the case may be.
Service of documents
Stamp Duties and Registration Fees
DATED AT LAFIA THIS 26 DAY OF MAY 1999
Lt. Col. BALA MOHAMMED MANDE
(This note does not form part of this Edict and has no legal effect). The purpose of this Edict is to establish the Nasarawa State Scholarship Board Edict as a body corporate to regulate the award of scholarships to State indigenes to enable them study in higher institutions in the country.