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Wike approves N280.3 million for scholarships to 13,946 indigent students in FCT 

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Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has approved the disbursement of N280.3 million in scholarships for 13,946 underprivileged students across all educational levels in the FCT. 

This announcement was made by Dr. Danlami Hayyo, Mandate Secretary of the Education Secretariat for the FCT Administration, in Gwagwalada on Thursday, at the event marking the rapid rehabilitation of 19 public schools across the Federal Capital Territory. 

The ceremony was held at the School of the Gifted in the Gwagwalada Area Council, within the Federal Capital Territory. 

According to Hayyo, the financial allocation was set aside for indigent students, both new enrollees and current beneficiaries, at various educational levels and in different schools. 

He stated this was to guarantee that “no child is left behind.” 

He added that besides scholarships and public schools’ rehabilitation, the minister had equally resuscitated the school sports festival, abandoned 25 years back. 

Nigeria faces a significant challenge with over 10 million out-of-school children, one of the highest rates globally.  

This crisis predominantly affects northern regions, exacerbated by poverty, gender disparities, and insecurity.  

The lack of educational infrastructure, insufficient funding, and cultural factors also contribute to this issue.  

Efforts to address it include government and NGO initiatives promoting access to education, especially for girls and vulnerable groups.  

However, sustainable solutions require comprehensive strategies that encompass economic development, security improvements, and community engagement to ensure every child can access quality education and fulfill their potential. 

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