By Adam Muhammad Gusau
A Zamfara-based philanthropist, Alhaji Sanusi Bala Turaki Wednesday has offered scholarships to 13 students of various tertiary institutions in the state.
The gesture is coming in which two weeks to the commencement of first semester examination, a large number of students of the Federal University Gusau are yet to pay school fees for the 2022/2023 academic session.
This is as a result of the current prevailing socio-economic hardship and increase of school fees by the management of the institution.
Turaki, through his foundation “Maituta Support Organisation (MSO)”, had presented registration fees to the 13 beneficiaries in Gusau.
Turaki who was represented by the Chairman of the foundation, Zaharadeen Sarki revealed that the gesture was aimed at supporting students from less-privileged families.
“The registration fees of the beneficiaries were bankrolled by the philanthropist and we will continue to sustain these gestures until they finish their studies”.
According to him, hundreds of students was also been sponsored under his foundations into various tertiary institutions across the country.
He further pointed out that all the 13 benefiting students were drawned from the less priviledged families, who could not afford to pay their school fees due to the economic stagnancy.
“All the beneficiaries are undergoing studies in various courses in the Federal University and Federal College of Education, (Technical), all in Gusau”. Said Turaki.
According to him, others are currently studying in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Tsafe and Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara respectively.
Also speaking at the event, the former Chairman, Zamfara Radio and Television Services, Alhaji Sa’idu Maishanu, commended Bala Turaki and officials of the foundation for their support to the beneficiaries.
Maishanu urged political office holders in the state to emulate the philanthropist in supporting the needy.
Abubakar Ibrahim, a 100 level student in Chemistry Department, FUG, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, described the gesture as a welcome development.
“We appreciate this gesture and we promise to concentrate on our studies,’’ he said.