The Kebbi State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed BK, has sponsored 14 vulnerable girls for tertiary education.
The parents of all 14 girls are not able to fund their education as all are from poor backgrounds.
All the beneficiary girls are going to be migrated to the tertiary institutions in the state.
This sponsorship was in fulfilment of the promise he made to the girls when, while on a visit to the Magajin Rafi Model School, Tudun Wada Birnin Kebbi, which is the venue of a skills acquisition program arranged for girls in the neighbourhood.
There, he met a group of over 200 girls who lamented their inability to further their education based on the poor status of their parents.
The Commissioner decided to take this step after hearing the heart-wrenching stories of the girls.
The Commissioner then inquired how many of them had the requisite SSCE grades and was surprised when many of them raised their fingers, with most of them lamenting that they could not secure admissions because their parents were either late or very poor to fund their education.
Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed, who expressed sadness over their predicament, promptly undertook to personally secure admissions and pay for the admission forms and registration fees for some of them.
Intriguingly, when the Commissioner went for the admission of the girls at the Federal University Birnin Kebbi, the state University and the State College of Nursing Sciences had already completed intake and had long started lectures.
Only the Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebhi was still admitting; he took the opportunity and quickly got admission for 14 of them to study various courses.
The lucky girls were presented with the admission papers yesterday by Muhammad Abubakar, an aide of the Commissioner who conveyed the Commissioner’s pledge to repeat the same exercise in the coming years.
The girls expressed happiness for the kindness and promised not to let the Commissioner down by putting their best in their education.