Sen. Mohammed Hassan (APC-Yobe South), on Sunday promised to give N20,000 as scholarship to 880 undergraduates from 44 wards in his constituency.
Hassan made this known at an interaction with newsmen in Potiskum after the commissioning of various projects.
Hassan, who is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said the beneficiaries would be selected from students studying in different institutions of higher learning.
The lawmaker added that he would also pay the salaries of staff of Mohammed Hassan Arabic and Islamic School in Arikime apart from the provision of uniforms to the students.
Hassan pledged to donate N2.5 million for the rehabilitation of Fatahul Rahaman Islamic School in his constituency, in line with his conviction that education is one of the greatest legacies to bequeath the future generation.
“I promised as part of my campaign promise to continue to encourage the younger ones to take the issue of education seriously.
“That is why I decided to offer scholarship to 20 students from each of the wards in my constituency.
“We have identified the students attending institutions of higher learning and we will be giving N20,000 to each of them.
“It is going to be an annual thing to enable the students pay up for registration in school.
“This is one of the ways I feel I should encourage our younger ones to rise to whatever height they wish to without hindrance,” he said.
Similarly, the lawmaker pledged N20 million as part of his contribution towards the rehabilitation of the Central Mosque in Potiskum.
“I came to Potiskum to among other things, commission a school that I built for the benefit of the people of Arikime community.
“I gave the sum of N2.5 million to another school that does not have classrooms. They do not even have a place of their own. So, I decided to give them a token to support them,” he said.
Hassan said that besides the projects on groung, plans were underway to construct a centre for remedial studies to support the students with poor results.
He decried the level of illiteracy among the people, saying all hands must be on deck to salvage the education sector in the state.
“If you look at the educational standard of the people, particularly those from my constituency, you will realise that we are down the ladder.
“I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to continue to support all programmes that will uplift the educational standard of the people.
“I also want to call on everyone who has the wherewithal to support the needy in the society,”he said.
He commended the National Assembly for earmarking N400 million in the 2017 budget for the take-off of the 80-bed hospital that he constructed.
Hassan decried the general misconception by Nigerian that lawmakers were collecting monies for constituency projects with nothing to show for it.
“As a representative of the people of Yobe South, for instance, I know what my people want and all I need is to ensure that the project will be of benefit to them and is reflected in the budget.
“These projects are domiciled in the respective MDAs and they go through the approval process like other process of approval.
“That is why we always put pressure on the Federal Government to continue to make releases so that projects can be implemented.
“It doesn’t matter if today as a senator representing this senatorial district, I embark on constituency projects, I expect whoever succeeds me to continue with the project.
“Same thing with the executive arm of government.
“Government is continuous and whatever we are doing is for the benefit of our people because we are to represent them,’’ he said.
On the distribution of relief materials to victims of insurgency in the state, the lawmaker commended the Federal Government for giving consideration to his constituency which had been neglected.
He said ”I went to the Acting President and made the case known to him.
“He graciously summoned a meeting where the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) and senators from the three senatorial districts in my state were invited.
“I can confirm to you now that as a result of the meeting, we have had positive response,” he said.(NAN)