By Tom Garba Yola
Principal, Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Yola, Mrs Zulekatu Usman Momodu, has lauded an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) run by the former British Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, for given scholarship to 2,400 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.
The gesture came up by through the Ministries of Education, Finance and NEMA, which are serving as the implementation agencies of the programme aiming at boosting the education of girls from the North-east displaced by Boko Haram attacks.
According to her, 800 hundreds IDPs on the scholarship are spreads across the unity schools in the country and that FGGC Yola received a total number of 46 students from Borno,Yobe and Adamawa who are the worst hit by the insurgents attacks in the country.
“The program is called Safe School Initiative. It came up as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the North-eastern region of the country in other to sustained the girl-child education,” Momodu said.
She stated that the 46 students were fully integrated in the school system, where a sort of feel at home training was given to them as they must have went through a lot of traumatic experience.
“I specially set up a community that will give them constant counselling as the fact is that many of them came with a lot of inferiority complex in them. The level of their exposure was very low as they virtually performed below expectations in all subjects. We are making sure their total being is properly handled and well address and God willing they are seriously improving,” she added.
Mrs Zulekatu thanked the Federal Government for standing firm on fighting the war against insurgents and appealed to spirited individuals to give more scholarship to IDPs as the present number of scholarship is nothing compare to the thousands of school age children who are been displaced because of insurgents attacks.
Meanwhile, Mrs Zulekatu’s efforts in the school are yielding positive results as over 80 per cent students of FGGC Yola obtained university requirements grades in WASC and NECO examinations.