The British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, has said 50 Nigerians were among the 1,500 awarded the Chevening scholarships from across the world in various UK universities for the 2021/2022 cohort.
Llewelly-Jones said of those 50 Nigerians, five were persons with disabilities.
He stated this in Lagos during an event on the presentation on Chevening scholarships for persons with disabilities to commemorate the International Day of Sign Languages.
The UK envoy urged persons living with disabilities to apply for the annual Chevening Scholarship, saying the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office would continue to select scholars deserving of the award without any discrimination.
“We encourage you to apply if you meet our eligibility criteria and other requirements. Your gender, age (there is no upper age limit), sexual orientation, religion, marriage or parenthood status, class or other attributes do not matter to us. What matters is your ability to submit a strong application that demonstrates you are capable of excelling on an intense Master’s course in the UK and that you have a clear vision for your future – and maybe even that of your sector or your country.”
According to him, the event was aimed at improving the quality of applications from persons living with disabilities to encourage their participation and selection for the life-changing scheme.
Llewellyn-Jones said the programme was also to raise awareness about the human rights for persons with disabilities and the great impacts they were making in their individual sectors.
“I will like to encourage you all to put your best foot forward and apply regardless of any form of disability you might have. We are interested in your expertise and will support you if you qualify for the award,” the diplomat added.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Disabilities, Adenike Oyetunde-Lawal, called on persons with disabilities in the state to take advanta
ge of the opportunity.
The Chevening Scholarship, which commenced on August 3, will close on November 2, 2021.