AS schools in Borno reopen today, Governor Babagana Zulum has approved the release of N624 million for the payment of scholarship to students in tertiary institutions.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Babagana Mustapha, revealed this in a statement issued yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Mustapha said 23,776 students from 49 institutions would benefit from the gesture.
He said the first tranche of N320 million had already been released and paid to students of nine institutions, adding that the remaining students would receive theirs from today.
“From a total of N624,370,000 approved and released by Prof. Babagana Zulum for scholarships to 23,776 Borno students, the ministry has disbursed N320 million under the first batch to students in nine tertiary schools located in the state.
“Those paid included parts four and five students of the University of Maiduguri, students of Borno State University, Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College of Education and College of Education Waka – Biu.
“Others were those in Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies, College of Business Administration, Konduga, Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology, Bama and Mohammed Lawan College of Agriculture,” Mustapha said.
He also revealed that the governor had approved financial support to resident doctors of Borno origin, located in different parts of the country, to enable them fund capacity development programmes that would be potentially beneficial to the people of the state.