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800 Out Of School Girls In Borno Receive Academic Scholarship

The Borno state government has paid N85 million naira as scholarship for 800 out-of-school girls from across 16 local government areas in the Northeast State.

The Borno state government has enrolled 800 out-of-school girls into the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) in Monguno, Borno state. 

The state governor, Babagana Zulum made this known on Thursday, paying N37 million in school fees for the girls, and N48 million for books, uniforms and mattresses.

Borno state has been at the forefront of violent attacks by insurgents over the past decade. 

The beneficiaries are from 16 different local government areas in the state, with a majority of them coming from high risk areas where terrorism has put education on standstill. 

The school itself is currently operating in the state capital of Maiduguri, due to the volatile situation of Monguno town attributed to the violent activities of Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgents. 

According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), as of 2020, more than half of the population of girls in the north are not enrolled in schools.

The organisation attributed economic and socio-cultural norms and practices as the main factors depriving girls from accessing education.

In the three conflict affected states, Borno, Adamwa and Yobe, at least 802 schools remain closed with 497 classrooms destroyed.

Maina Yaumi, the Executive Secretary of Borno State Education Trust Fund said that a N80.2 million will also be paid to the school to cover the fees and expenses for the coming second and third terms.

He also reiterated the government’s commitment to pay for all their related school needs and fees until graduation.

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