Governor Babagana Zulum has granted approval for the disbursement of 62 million naira in scholarships to financially disadvantaged students from Borno who are pursuing legal studies and immersion courses in the French language.
The disclosure was made by Bala Isa, the Executive Secretary of the State Scholarship Board, during a statement on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
According to Isa, the allocated amount also includes funds for the procurement of a vehicle and the establishment of a secretariat for the National Union of Borno State Students (NUBOSS).
He further clarified that the recipients of the law scholarships consist of 19 students from the six law schools across Nigeria, while the beneficiaries of the French language scholarships comprise five students studying in Benin Republic.
Mr. Isa emphasised the significance of the French language to the people of Borno, as the state shares borders with three French-speaking countries, namely Cameroon, Niger, and Chad. This is the reason behind Borno’s sponsorship of individuals pursuing a master’s degree in French.
Expressing his gratitude, Abubakar Wajiro, the national president of NUBOSS, commended the Borno government for its support of students and urged for the continuation of such initiatives.
“We extend our appreciation to Zulum for his commitment to education and his dedication to being a governor who prioritises the welfare of students. We are highly grateful for the scholarships provided to students, as well as the provision of a vehicle and a well-equipped office for our union,” Wajiro remarked.