In Mr. Ikazoboh’s words,SBMS would make the process more efficient and less time-consuming. “We intend to make the entire process of scholarship management more efficient for our clients, whether they are government institutions or corporate bodies. The data-based management process will be far easier to handle because we will electronically process the applications, which will eliminate the cumbersome task of physically handling application forms and reduce the turnaround time needed to shortlist qualified candidates irrespective of their number,” he stated.
Ikazoboh explained that the SBMS will also make the scholarship and bursary awards management a transparent process. “With the SBMS, incidences of multiple scholarship awards and ghost awards will be a thing of the past. The system will be transparent because we will employ biometric solutions for the identity of awardees. The combination of digital photo and finger print records using advanced finger print matching technology will ensure that the awardees cannot enter the system twice. The finger print records, as well as photo records, are tied to the awardees’ profile at the database level and that makes the entire system credible.”
Going further, Ikazoboh reiterated that the SBMS will make provision for computer-based-
While calling on the private and public sector to buy into the product, Ikazoboh pointed out that some multinational companies in Nigeria have already started utilizing it to manage their scholarship and bursary requirements. “As we speak,SBMS has already kicked off in many places. Reputed multinational companies, including the MTN Foundation, Agip (NAOC), Chevron and ExxonMobil are going the SBM way. Currently,we are discussing with some other companies, with the aim of bringing them onboard,” he concluded.