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School fees hike: BUK secures scholarship for 500 indigent students

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Bayero University Kano (BUK)

Prof. Sagir Abbas, the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), says the university has secured scholarship for 500 indigent students, after making contact with philanthropists and wealthy individuals.

Abbas said this when he received the leadership of Kano Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in his office in Kanobon Thursday.

He said that the donors included prominent Kano politicians and philanthropists like Sen.Rufa’i Hanga who offered sponsorship to 200 students.

Abbas said that the university was still making contacts with other wealthy individuals toward securing additional scholarship for more indigent students.
He said that the recent hike in the school’s fees was necessitated by the realities in the country.

“We are fully aware of the condition of our people, most people are not financially comfortable that is why it took us over six months to come up with a figure which is the minimum required to provide services to the student.

“We did not increase the registration fees to make money. We are trying our best to make life easier for our students by widen the scope to allow students attend classes before registration,” Abbas said.

He said that the university had also introduced welfare packages for its staff such as non interest loan from a Micro Finance Bank payable within six months.

“Others include food stuffs, shuttle buses, bicycle loans for junior staff payable within nine months,” he said.

Abbas added that the cost of running the university was beyond imagination as the authorities spent over N100 million as running cost monthly.

“I consider journalists important and relevant to the development of any nation, ” the VC said.

He also said that the management of the university plans to review the deadline for closure for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Speaking, Malam Aminu Garko, the chairman of the chapel, lauded the university’s strides in educational development of the country.

“We talk of BUK because of the reality on ground where personalities produced by the institution are greatly contributing to the development of the country, ” Garko said.

Garko reiterated the chapel’s determination to partner with the institution for developmental purposes.

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We Must Deliver Quality Education, Jobs For Nigerians– Tinubu

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Bola Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, said that democracy must be progressive and inclusive with a primary focus on tackling poverty through the provision of job opportunities for youths and quality education for all Nigerian children.

Tinubu expressed support for the establishment of the National Institute of Progressive Studies while receiving members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday, in Lagos.

The President noted that the Institute is expected to carry out diligent research and educate all party members on the principles of democracy and good governance while providing a distinct identity for the party.

”Democracy has faced challenges in the past, but I believe in a promising future for our country. We will deliver it.

“I am committed to supporting a strong and ideologically-determined democracy that is progressive, inclusive, and focused on eliminating poverty while providing quality education for our children.

”Collaboration with various government arms is crucial, and I commend the leadership of our party for working hard to promote these essential ideals,” the President stated.

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Chioma Blessing Obidigbo Emerges Top Performing Student In 2022 WASSCE

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Chioma Blessing Obidigbo, an 18-year-old girl, has emerged as the top performer in the 2022 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), organised by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the WAEC 61st Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee, held in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The young girl could not attend the ceremony due to her ongoing university studies in the United Kingdom. However, her parents, Mr and Mrs Matthew Obidigbo, accepted the award on her behalf.

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