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Gov Sani awards deceased abducted schoolteacher’s children scholarship, gives family N10m

…Kaduna students reunite with parents, assures “You remain my children”

 

Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, on Thursday, announced scholarships up to the university level for the children of the schoolteacher, identified as Mallam Abubakar, who died in captivity.

 

The governor, who spoke at a brief farewell ceremony for the 137 Kuriga schoolchildren as they journeyed to reunite with their families in Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of the state, also announced a donation of N10m to the family of their teacher who died in the bandits’ captivity due to health complications.

The 137 schoolchildren were abducted by terrorists on March 7 but were freed on Sunday in Zamfara State.

They were returned to Kaduna on Monday and were made to undergo psychosocial therapy before their final release to reunite with their families on Thursday.

Isah Abubakar, one of the children of the deceased teacher, who incidentally was among the kidnapped and rescued pupils, regrettably witnessed the father’s death in the bandits’ den.

The governor, who cut short his trip from Abuja to bid the children farewell after a four-day psychosocial therapy at the Kaduna Women and Children Shelter, also said he would in his private capacity, under the auspices of ‘Uba Sani Foundation’ support the education of all the 137 pupils and students up to university level.

He also announced that his administration would carry out rehabilitation works in the Kuriga community and the school.

He said, “We saw the need to keep the children for this long because when they came on Sunday, it was observed that some of them needed some psychological support. So, we had to engage the service of psychologists and medical doctors to attend to them.

“Now, they have been given adequate psychosocial counselling and therapy. I am happy today that all the children are happy, and they are in high spirits.

“Now, you are going back home to meet with your parents and other family members who are eager to see you. But I want to assure you that all of you remain my children.

“As a result of this, I will be using Uba Sani Foundation, which has been in existence for the past 16 years, to look after the education of all 137 of you.

“Our government will also be carrying out a lot of rehabilitation works both in the Kuriga community and the school. I have already given a directive to that effect. This is because the Kuriga community is one of the most peaceful communities in Kaduna State.

“Also, the Kaduna State Government has taken a collective decision to support the family of Malam Abubakar, the teacher who died in captivity, with N10m. Also, because he has a very young family, the Kaduna State Government will be giving scholarships to his children until they finish secondary school and university.”

The governor also told the schoolchildren that he would be checking on them at Kuriga from time to time to monitor the progress of their education.

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