By Abdulkareem Haruna
The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) has recently, in Gombe state, launched at Education Endowment Fund online portal that provides scholarship opportunities for at least 5,100 persons from the six states of the subregion.
The NEDC had earlier announced its plans to launch the scheme with the aim of re-invigorating the quality of the education sub-sector in the North-East which like the psycho-social and economic strata of the Region has suffered serious setback as a result of over ten years of Boko Haram insurgency.
It is on record that due to the over a decade of war, many schools within the North-East have indeed been destroyed, with a huge number of teachers killed and thousands of youths of school-going aged displaced and forced to remain out of school.
“It is in the light of the foregoing that the Management and Board of the Commission Development Commission considered it necessary to put in place a special purpose
vehicle to address the educational needs of the 6 states of the North-East,” Asmau Mohammed, the acting
Board of Trustees for, Chairperson NEDC-EEF, said while giving an overview of the scholarship scheme.
Ms Mohammed, who is a Board Member of NEDC from North-West Nigeria said the board approved the scholarship scheme with a view to charting “a rob
support trajectory for the recovery of our decaying education infrastructure and human resources”.
Apart from several capacity-building training that was carried out recently to address the manpower deficit across all fields of human endeavours, the NEDC said it has also selected 115 schools of which contracts have been awarded for the construction
of one block of 3 classrooms each, with the supply of school desks and learning materials
“Today we are here in our strides to officially launch the Education Endowment Fund’s Scholarship in which 4,953 undergraduates, 102 postgraduates and 42 PhD potential
students have a chance of obtaining full scholarship awards,” Ms Mohammed said.
She added that ”the Scholarship awards will be to deserving science and arts students to be selected equitably from the six states of the North-East.”
Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Goni-Alkali has earlier in an opening speech nformed that “apart from launching the Education Endowment Fund and Scholarship Portal, the commission was to also present starter packs to 198 Graduates of the ICT Training Programme funded by the NEDC.
The Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Faruq, who was represented at the event said NEDC’s investment in education “is aimed at changing the wrong ideologies of insurgents, and reversing the level of illiteracy and unemployment among others.”
Governor of Gombe state, Inuwa Yahaya, who was represented by his deputy, Daniel Jatau, acknowledged that since its establishment, NEDC, “has pursued its mandate vigorously to ensure capacity building and human capital development, reduction of the high illiteracy rate, and extreme poverty of the region among others.”