Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Danladi Etsu Zhin, Tuesday said N25 million will be disbursed as scholarships to indigent students in various tertiary institutions of the country this year.
The chairman stated this when director of the FCT Scholarship Board, Mrs. Emcy Gayus Hamman, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
He said since the inception of his administration, priority was given to the development of the girl-child and male education, adding that the council assists primary, secondary and tertiary students with both material and financial supports.
According to him, the council since it’s assumption first disbursed N6 million, N12 million last year, N20 million and N25 million this year for scholarships to indigent students learning in various higher institutions across the country.
He said despite financial challenge facing the council, the council ensures it implements the scholarship scheme yearly to support the less privileged ones in the society.
Earlier, FCT Director of the Scholarship Board, Mrs. Emcy Gayus Hamman, said the board last year disbursed N255 million as scholarships to students and pupils in the FCT, adding that there have always been an increase in the number of students every year.
She disclosed that the board has already screened fresh applicants numbering 21,202 to benefit from the scholarships that is expected to gulp N400 million.
“We have only N101.5 million on ground and what we actually want to be able to take care of all those screened is about N400 million, which is why we are really soliciting area councils to partner with us,” she said.
- Daily Trust