To mark his 50th birthday, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has offered not less than 50 children orphaned by Boko Haram insurgents scholarship with their tuition paid upfront for the next nine years.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Communication, Isa Gusau, announced this on Monday at a ceremony marking the governor’s birthday in Maiduguri.
According to him, the scholarship was sponsored by a group of 30 friends, family members and political associates of Governor Kashim Shettima who organized a reception in honour of the governor at the multi-purpose hall of the Government House in Maiduguri.
Two schools – Maiduguri Capital School and Bara’Imul Iman Integrated School, both based in Maiduguri, have been paid to provide education, text and note books, school uniforms and bags for the orphans from their starting of school in September, 2016 to the year 2022 when those admitted into primary schools are expected to graduate and the years 2025 when younger orphans admitted into pre-nursery schools are expected to graduate.
The schools were paid upfront to avoid interruption with the education of the children who cut across different faiths and tribes across the 27 local government areas of the state. A memorandum of understanding was signed between a representative of the two sponsors and directors of the two schools.
The schools directors who acknowledged receipt of payment upfront, have promised to be committed while guardians with whom the orphans live also committed themselves to sending them to school.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it would blacklist banks found to have connived with top government officials in the ghost-worker scam.
Disclosing last weekend during an interactive session with journalists over non-payments of salaries, governor Shettima said the verification committee has fished out 13, 603 ghost workers in the ongoing biometric data capture exercise and has saved about N1.6 billion as the total wage bill stood at N1.1 billion.