The Borno State government has approved the sum of N200 million for the clearance of backlog of scholarships for indigenes studying in tertiary institutions across the country.
Announcing the approval on Saturday in Maiduguri at a press conference, the state’s commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Abubakar Hassan, said governor Kashim Shettima had earlier approved N150 million before the latest approval, to ensure that backlog of scholarships spanning from 2013 till date are cleared.
Dr Hassan added that over 14,000 Borno State students studying in 20 tertiary institutions within and outside the state would benefit from the payments, noting that some are in tertiary institutions in Kaduna, Nasarawa, University of Ibadan among others.
He said two committees had been set up for the exercise, which would commence from Monday, the 14th of this month, January, with one of the committees domiciled in Borno, while the second committee would move to other tertiary institutions in the country, where Borno students are studying.
“We want to reach each and every student who has outstanding claim in terms of scholarship. We will first verify the student and if he or she is being owed, it will be cleared. They are expected to bring along with them, their letters of admission and school identity card.
“We will involve the students’ union, both within the state and outside, in the tertiary institutions where they are studying, in addition to involvement of lecturers of the various institutions in the verification exercise, to ascertain the authenticity of the students to be paid”, Hassan said.
He reiterated the commitment of the state government in the area of education as can be seen with the construction of multiple mega schools for grooming of students for tertiary institutions.
“We have to encourage our children to aspire to greater heights. Borno State’s efforts in education is not only in physical structures, but partnering with parents for the upkeep of their children while in school,” he added.
He said governor Kashim Shettima, in his last meeting with law graduates who will be proceeding to the law school, approved the procurement of laptops and a token for each of them.
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