OVER 2000 students mostly from states in the North East ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency are currently benefiting from scholarship under the Safe School Initiative programme supervised by the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) across 43 schools in the northern part of the country.
Vice Chairman of Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI), Tijjani Musa Tumsa, disclosed this on Tuesday while on a routine visit to the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Bajoga, Gombe State on assessment of the program.
He further said that the PCNI team was in the school to monitor and evaluate the students’ performance in FGGC Bajoga in order to know their areas of needs and improvement in the program which he said is geared making life meaningful for the beneficiaries.
On arrival at the school, the PCNI team interacted first with the school authorities before meeting with the benefiting students who are 11 in number, drawn from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
“The purpose of the visit is to carry out a monitoring and evaluation exercise. It a PCNI routine to monitor and evaluate the performance of the students here in FGGC Bajoga,” he said.
He described the level of adjustment by the student as tremendous adding that he was impressed with their performance so far” Tumsa explained.
Musa Tumsa added that the students were expected to go through school normally and to perform creditably well so that the scholarship they enjoy would not only be beneficial to them but their communities and country at large.
He told the school management that they were there to find out how the students are faring, their challenges and success stories.
Earlier in a welcome address, Principal of the school, Mrs Charity Habu Wakawa told the visitors that she barely assumed office having been newly posted to the school and so was still monitoring the program.
Commenting on the SSI program in the school, Kamalludeen Towolawi, Vice-Principal (Administration), told the PCNI team that 12 students were enrolled in the programme in 2014, with only one student failing to turn up after being asked to repeat a class.
Kamalludeen Towolawi said one other student currently in SSS III, has gone home on a one-week break preparatory to writing the SSCE exams and said that ten of the students were on ground to meet the team just as he assured that the welfare of the students was given top priority.
The PCNI team later interacted with the students with a view to assessing the programme in terms of whether they receive proper feeding, have constant power supply, access quality medical care among others.