The Nura Manu foundation established by philanthropist Alh. Nura Manu Soro has paid the tuition of 121 students at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.Alh. Nura Manu Soro who is the Chairman of the foundation disclosed this on Monday, while interacting with the beneficiaries who paid him a visit at his residence.He explained that 116 out of the beneficiaries are degree students while the remaining five were supported to enroll into masters degree programs.
He said the foundation has also received 70 applications from students of the federal Polytechnic Bauchi.He promised the gesture would not be restricted to only tertiary institutions in the state but will be extended to all needy indigents of the state studying in various schools across the country.Soro stated that the scholarship being awarded by the foundation is purely for tuition fees.
He noted it is meant for students that secured admissions into tertiary institutions but cannot pay tuition fees.” Both applications, selections and verification will be carried out through a local committee. At the tertiary level, it includes students, religious leaders and a representative from students affairs office. Applicants should write the names of their three referees who must be known people in their localities”.” Further verification is to be carried out at the foundation Secretariat. The foundation is purely cashless and makes payments directly to schools accounts and not individuals”. He said.He said forms have been distributed to emirs, district heads, local government Secretariats and students affairs offices of schools across the state for the less privileged students.One of the beneficiaries, Jabir adamu Abdulhamid of the ATBU university, who spoke on behalf of the others, expressed gratitude to the foundation.He said having struggled to get to university most of them engage in menial jobs to pay for their tuition.