Abuja Rotary offers scholarship to 60 displaced Chibok children
The Rotary Club of Abuja and the Aunty Jumoke Education Foundation have offered full scholarship to 60 children displaced as a result of the insurgency in the North East.
The 47 pupils and 13 secondary school students were selected from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Pegi Community, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The scholarship scheme covers tuition, school bags, exercise books, school uniforms and other school charges for the children, many of whom have been out of school for two years.
The club assures of the scheme’s annual renewal until they are re-integrated into their home communities in Borno state.
President of the Rotary Club of Abuja, Mrs. Olajumoke Okpo, appealed to members of the public to partner with the Club to provide sponsorship for more children.
On the initiation Mrs Okpo noted that the Foundation and the club adopted the camp after a survey. “The Board of Directors of the Club approved and visited this community and decided to sponsor 60 of the children of N10,000per child for the 2015/2016 academic year,” she explained.
The District Governor, Rotary International, District 9125, Nigeria, Dr. Mike Omotosho in his address said, “It is appalling that over 11million children have been out of school for two years due to insurgency. Kudos to the club, the Foundation for this great intervention.”
The Principal of Government Secondary School, Pegi, Mr. Muhammed Yakubu commended the Club for its efforts in empowering the children who stopped school due to insurgency.