From Mohammed Muktar Umar Bauchi
The Nura Manu Foundation initiated by a philanthropist and businessman in Bauchi state, Alhaji Nura Manu Soro has disbursed the sum of N17.9million scholarship to 4, 000 students, who are indigenes of the state studying in 54 institutions across the nation.
Member of the executive committee of the foundation, Malam Mukhtar Jarmajo disclosed this Thursday, while addressing Journalists at the Foundation’s secretariat in Bauchi.
He explained that the beneficiaries were students of Bauchi state origin in Islamiyya schools, primary schools, secondary schools, higher Islamic schools and tertiary institutions who have applied for the scholarship and successfully passed the screening exercise.
According to him, the scholarship, which was purely for tuition fees was meant for students that secured admissions into the institutions but cannot pay registration fees and those who were already in schools.
“Both applications, selections and verification are being carried out through a local committee. At the tertiary level, it includes students, religious leaders and a representative from students affairs office. While at the basic education level it made up of headmaster, PTA chairman and the child parent”.
“Further verification are carried out at the foundation secretariat. The foundation makes payments directly to schools accounts and not individuals”, he said.
Jarmajo stated that the foundation’s chairman Alhaji Nura Manu Soro came up with the intervention in consideration of the poverty in the land and number of youths and children who dropped out of schools due to financial predicament.
He said the foundation was equipped with competent professionals with track records in the education sector and were expected to handle the continuous implementation of the framework to meet up the goals, values and aspirations of the Foundation.