From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) identified as Future Pathways Foundation, has offered scholarship to no fewer than 900 primary and secondary pupils in 9 Local Government Areas of Niger state.
The Founder of the Foundation Hajiya Sa’adatu Musa, who is the wife of Sen. Sani Musa Representing Niger East Senatorial District, said that the beneficiaries were selected from primary and secondary schools of zone B.
The award flag off ceremony was held in honor of the beneficiaries at Bosso Primary School in Minna.
According to her, the scholarship covers tuition fees among other benefits and is expected to last for the duration of the beneficiaries primary and secondary education.
Represented by Mrs Mariam Kolo, Director-General of the Niger state Child Rights Protection Agency, listed the local governments to include, Paiko, Bosso, Munya, Rafi, Gurara, Suleja and Tafa.
Others were Chanchaga, Shiroro, adding that 50 pupils from primary and 50 students from secondary schools were selected from each local government areas of the zone.
“This to help children who’s parents can not afford to pay for their fees and also to ease their burden until the pupils graduates,” she said.
She added that the target was to support less privilege children in the grassroots and encourage school enrollment and completion of pupils who had dropped out of school.
Also, Hajiya Hadiza Idris, Sepcial Adviser to Gov. Abubakar Bello on Green House, said the efforts was to help orphans and parents having difficulties in sending their children to school to enable them to gain access to quality education.
In her remarks, Hajiya Hajara Zarumai, Principal, Aliyu Mu’azu Sarkin Yaki Memorial Primary School, Chanchaga, appreciated the foundation for lifting the poor in the society as most of them can not afford to pay their fees.
One of the benefiting pupil, Hamza Haliru, thanked the foundation for the scholarship and promised to improve on his academic performance.