A coalition of Civil Societies (CSOs) in collaboration with the National Association of Kaduna State Students (NAKASS), yesterday said governor Nasir el-Rufai was doing a lot for students in the state.
The group also called on the people of the state to ignore the ultimatum given by what they described as some “kangaroo students who want to cripple the activities of the government”.
In a joint statement signed by Executive Chairman, KADACSO, Comrade Zubairu Mukhtar, Secretary, Comrade Richard Augustine and the NAKASS president, Comrade Yahaya Abdullahi ,it said in 2017, the sum of N1,237,665,120.00 was earmarked for scholarship.
“N193m was paid to six First class students to proceed for their MSc in any of the top best 50 Universities in the World.”
“To throw more light on the foreign scholarship scheme, a total of 30 females were added to the previous ones studying in Uganda. Also, 20 Nursing Students were sent and are still studying in Uganda.”
“In 2018, the sum of N780,000,000.00 was earmarked for disbursement for local scholarship and interviews have been concluded and any moment from now payment will commence to deserving beneficiaries,” the group said.
“We as Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Kaduna State in collaboration with the substantive recognized Students body in Kaduna State (NAKASS), we are optimistic that the acclaimed youth are being sponsored by people who don’t want anything good for our dear state and are bent on truncating every good reforms by all means possible being initiated by His Excellency, The Reformer Mal. Nasir el-Rufai.”
The deceased, Sylvester Friday a 21 year old boy and a member of the community who has been a mason with the church had worked with the church on her constructions for some time now. On the fateful day March 21, 2018, he was engaged by the Shepherd Steven Shittu to do a small work by the bank of the river where the church was trying to control the erosion that was claiming the church land, a project that had been on for some time.
“While working he slipped into a deeper part of the water and the shepherd supervising raised an alarm when he realized the drowning of the mason, the neighbors that came around could not help much, in desperation he ran to the nearest police outpost to report the situation and get expert divers to rescue the boy.
“As the shepherd was laying his complaint at the police station, a report came in that the boy had drowned, the body recovered from the river and that the church had also been set ablaze by the mob. The police then advised that the shepherd should remain in their custody to avoid being lynched by the mob. While the shepherd remained in police custody, the mob burnt down the church building and destroyed other buildings within the church premises and also burnt down an SUV Jeep belonging to one cf the church members,” he narrated.
Superior Evangelist Atolagbe said that the church was unhappy about the death of the worker and would be paying a condolence visit to family of the deceased when the tension is doused.
On the whereabouts of the Shepherd, he said he was still in custody of the Nigerian Police.
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