Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, has facilitated admissions, into Federal Government Colleges, of 959 boys and girls from 16 local government areas, who had been out of school as a result of displacements by Boko Haram.

Admissions were secured for 774 girls into Federal Government Girls College, Monguno which currently operates a temporary site in Maiduguri; while 185 boys were taken to Federal Government College, Maiduguri.

This was disclosed by the executive secretary of the newly established Borno State Education Trust Fund, Alhaji Maina Yaumi, on Wednesday while formally welcoming the 185 boys into JSS 1 at FGC Maiduguri for commencement of studies.

He said the Governor had already approved an initial N60m for sponsorship of the 774 girls going to FGGC Monguno, and over N37m, for the 185 boys now at FGC, Maiduguri, with amount combining N32,429,500 for payment of school fees, uniforms and shoes, and N5m for procurement of mattresses and other essential needs.

The boys were drawn from 16 local government areas with most backward number of school enrollments in which long displaced Abadam was given the highest number of 17 slots, followed by Guzamala which got 15 slots, Marte-13, Maga-13, Mobbar-12, Kala-Balge, 11,  Konduga 10, Ngala 10, Magumeri 10, Bama 10, Gubio 10, Dikwa 10, Kaga 10, Kukawa 10, Nganzai 10 and Monguno-9 slots.

Yaumi charged the students to focus on their studies in line with Governor Zulum’s directive to all of them.

FGC, Maiduguri’s principal, Mallam Umar Habeeb Jibrin, in his welcome address, thanked Governor Zulum for what he described as an unusually unique initiative, saying since the school was established in 1973, it was the first time such a high number of students were secured admission and sponsored by Government.

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