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Gov. Bago calls for reactivation of scholarship for public schools

Gov. Umar Bago of Niger, has called for reactivation of government scholarship programme for public schools to give hope to the less privileged children in the society.

Bago made the call at the inauguration of General Ibrahim Attahiru Foundation Tertiary Education Scholarship Scheme, on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that many of the leaders of the country today passed through public schools with scholarships, adding that he enjoyed free education from primary to secondary school.

The governor promised to support the foundation’s scholarship programme, with additional 50 beneficiaries to make up the initial 100 beneficiaries for the maiden scholarship programme, into any Nigerian Federal University.

“As Bago, I have a foundation and I will collaborate with you and I am raising the number from 50 to 100 because we value education.

“It means our school and scholarship system must be reactivated to give people hope,” he said.

Bago, who charged the youths to have dreams, added that it was the dream of the late Attahiru that made the family to keep his legacy moving by supporting the needy.

According to him, it is not enough to come and just live like that, make your mark that you would want to be remembered for.

He commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt -Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, for agreeing to collaborate with the noble initiative, assuring that the Nigerian Governors Forum would also support the initiative.

“So, we will continue to collaborate with these kinds of initiatives not just Nigerian army but even beyond.

“We must give the children of the deceased and retired military officers’ reason to live,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the scholarship scheme is an initiative of the family of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash on May 21, 2021.

The scheme is to assist children of serving and veterans of the Nigerian Army in their quest for education.

Already 50 students drawn from the Command Secondary Schools across the six geopolitical zones have been offered scholarship at the inaugural launch foundation on Thursday in Abuja. (NAN

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