Future Pathways Foundation, an NGO, has offered scholarships to 900 primary and secondary school pupils in nine local government areas of Niger State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the scholarship covers tuition fees, among other benefits, and is expected to last for the duration of the beneficiaries’ primary and secondary education.
The award flag-off ceremony was held on Tuesday at Bosso Primary School in Minna.
Hajiya Sa’adatu Musa, Founder of the Foundation and Wife of Sen. Sani Musa, representing Niger East Senatorial District, said that the beneficiaries’ were selected from primary and secondary schools in Zone B of the state.
Musa, who was represented by Mrs Mariam Kolo, Director-General of Niger State Child Rights Protection Agency, listed the local governments to include, Paiko, Bosso, Munya, Rafi, Gurara, Chanchaga, Shiroro, Suleja and Tafa.
She added that 50 pupils from primary and 50 students from secondary schools were selected from each local government area of the zone.
“This is to help the children whose parents cannot afford to pay for their fees and also to ease their burden until the pupils’ graduates,’’ she said.
She added that the target was to support less-privileged children at the grassroots, encourage school enrollment and help pupils who had dropped out of school to complete their studies.
Also, Hajiya Hadiza Idris, Special Adviser to Gov. Abubakar Bello on Green House Development, said the gesture was to assist orphans to gain access to quality education and help parents having difficulties in sending their children to schools.
In her remarks, Hajiya Hajara Zarumai, Principal, Aliyu Mu’azu Sarkin Yaki Memorial Primary School, Chanchaga, commended the foundation for its gesture to the poor most of whom could not afford to pay their fees.
One of the benefiting pupil,s Hamza Haliru, commended the foundation for the scholarship and promised to improve on his academic performance. (NAN)
– Nov. 3, 2020 @ 17:45 GMT |