As schools in Borno state reopen their gates for commencement of academic activities in the new year today, Governor Babagana Zulum has approved the release of N624 million for the settlement of scholarship grants to students across tertiary institutions in the country.
Issuing a statement to confirm this in Maiduguri, capital of the state, the Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Babagana Mustapha, said 23,776 students from 49 institutions would benefit from the gesture.
According to him, the first tranche of N320 million had already been released and paid to students of nine institutions, adding that the balance would be released to students as from today.
Said he: "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.
The commissioner further disclosed the governor had approved financial support to resident doctors of Borno origin, located in different parts of the country.
He said this was to enable them fund capacity development programmes that would be potentially beneficial to the people of the state.