BY REMILEKUN DARAMOLA in Maiduguri•
Borno State Government has approved about N200 million for the payment of backlog of scholarship to indigenes studying in tertiary institutions across the country.
Announcing the approval at a press briefing on Friday in Maiduguri, the state’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Abubakar Hassan said Governor Kashim Shettima had in the past approved N150 million before the latest approval was given.
He said the two approvals running into N350 million would ensure that the backlog of scholarships spanning from 2013 to date are cleared.
He said that this would ensure that over 14,000 Borno state students studying in over 20 tertiary institutions in and outside the state enjoyed from the scheme.
He noted that two committees were set up for the exercise, which will commence, from Monday the 14th of this month. He said one of the committee is domiciled in Borno, while the second is tasked with the duty of moving to tertiary institutions across the country, where Borno students are studying.
Hassan said: “We want to reach each and every student who have 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 letter of admission and school identity card.
“We will involve the students’ union, both in the state and outside in the schools they are schooling, in addition to involvement of lecturers of the various institutions in the verification exercise, to ascertain the authenticity of the students to be paid.”
The commissioner reiterated the commitment of the state government to education; he said this can be seen with the construction of multiple mega schools for grooming of students to tertiary institutions.
He said: “We have to encourage our children to aspire to greater height. Borno state efforts in education are not only in physical structures, but partnering with parents for the upkeep of their children while in school.”