The Borno state government says fifty children whose parents died fighting the Boko Haram insurgency under the Civilian JTF, Nigerian Army, Police, DSS and para-military are to benefit from a 9-year primary education scholarship scheme.
The tuition fees, books, uniforms, school bags and shoes have already been paid in advance by the Zenith Bank PLC to cover academic sessions from pre-nursery in 2016 to the year 2025 when beneficiaries are expected to complete primary schools as directed by the state Governor,Kashim Shettima.
The Zenith Bank had two weeks ago announced the scholarship in honour of Governor Shettima’s 50th Birthday. The Governor was an executive at the Zenith Bank who won several awards for productivity.
Earlier on Friday, while receiving 566 freed families of insurgents handed to him by the Nigerian Army at a brief ceremony in Maiduguri, the Governor gave the directive that orphans of fallen soldiers, volunteers under the Civilian JTF and other security agencies killed in action should be the beneficiaries of the scheme which 50 orphans of civilian parents killed by Boko Haram insurgents had earlier benefited from a similar scholarship.
The Governor also said his administration was working round to clock to ensure education for nearly 50 orphans whose parents were killed as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in different parts of Borno State.”There are 48,000 orphans of Boko Haram in Maiduguri alone. We are very determined to give education to all of them. We are fixing schools and building new ones and by the time we take off, we expect our public schools to compete and even surpass private schools in Borno State.