From Ibrahim Kaulahi, Gusau
A Zamfara-based philanthropist, Alhaji Sanusi Bala Turaki has sponsored scholarships to 13 students of various tertiary institutions in his bid to assist in providing sound education in the state.
New Telegraph learnt that, barely two weeks before the commencement of first semester examination, a large number of students of the Federal University Gusau are yet to pay school fees for the 2022/2023 academic session.
This is believed to have been as a result of the prevailing hardship caused by the subsidy fuel removal that led to the increase of school fees by the management of the institution.
The philanthropist, Sanusi Turaki who was represented by the Chairman of the foundation, Zaharadeen Sarki, has through his foundation “Maituta Support Organisation for Humanitarian Services”, presented registration fees to the 13 beneficiaries mostly from the less privileged families in Gusau.
“The registration fees of the beneficiaries were bankrolled by the philanthropist, we will continue to sustain these gestures until they finish their studies.
“This is in addition to hundreds of students sponsored under this foundation in the various tertiary institutions across the country.
“All the 13 beneficiaries were drawn from the financially challenged families, who could not pay their school fees due to the economic challenges.
“All the beneficiaries are undergoing studies in various courses in the Federal University and Federal College of Education, (Technical), all in Gusau, Zamfara State.
“Others are in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Tsafe and Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara,’’ Bala-Turaki has stated.
Also speaking, the former Chairman, Zamfara Radio and Television Services, Alhaji Sa’idu Maishanu, commended Bala-Turaki and officials of the foundation for their support to boost the education moral of the youths.
Maishanu urged political office holders in the state to emulate the philanthropist in supporting the needy.
Abubakar Ibrahim, a 100 level student in Chemistry Department, FUG, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, described the gesture as a welcome development.
“We appreciate this gesture and we promise to concentrate on our studies,’’ he said.