Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has released the sum of N228, 750, 500 for immediate payment of scholarship allowances for students studying within and outside the state.
The governor also directed that the scholarship payment should include students schooling in the state owned and federal tertiary institutions within Borno State, which include University of Maiduguri, Ramat Polytechnic, Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, College of Agriculture, Maiduguri, Bama College of Technical Education, Maiduguri College of Legal and Islamic Studies and College of Education, Biu.
The state Commissioner for Higher Education, Comrade Inuwa Musa Kubo consequently inaugurated a high powered committee headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Barma Mahmud Lawan Maina and Secretary, Isa Hussain to supervise and monitor the payment in the schools.
Comrade Kubo disclosed that the payment only covered 2010 and 2013 academic session.
He also appealed to the students to reciprocate the gesture of the State Government by putting in their best in their studies.
Also speaking, the Perm Sec, Lawan Maina said the payment has been categorised by the committee to ease the disbursement exercise, explaining that the scholarship allowances have been categorised into Pre ND, Pre NCE, ND, NCE, HND and first degree undergraduates.
He further explained that the least paid scholarship allowance is N9, 500 per student and the highest paid of N500, 000 each per female law students along with a laptop while N400, 000 and a laptop is paid to male law students.
The chairman of the committee listed criteria and requirements, specifically expected for eligible students before collection of the scholarship allowances, which include presentation of letter of scholarship award, evidence of school registration, students notification card and students personal bank account numbers.
The information officer of the ministry who is also a member of the committee, Zara Alhassan said their inspection visit to the various institutions indicated that the payment was successful and speedy.
The chairman also said the committee is expected to submit a comprehensive report to the commissioner at the end of the exercise with recommendation and observations to further guide the ministry and scholarship board in future payments.


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