By Abdullahi Nayaya
Education, especially at the tertiary level, remains the bedrock for national progress and prosperity. It provides society with skilled manpower and eases the process of governance and technological progress. Governments, the world over, invest hugely in education in their quest for human capital development. In this regard, I write this piece to appeal and send a friendly reminder to Gombe state Government to fulfil its promise of settling students’ scholarship arrears.
Many students have lost their valuable property for a long time, so they waste staying at home. In addition, students left their valuables in the hostels or their rented houses off campus due to the recent eight-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, otherwise known as ASUU.
Given the plights of the students, therefore, I would like to appeal to the Gombe State Government under the leadership of His excellency Alh. Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, as a matter of urgency, to come to the university students’ aid, particularly those studying outside the state. This category of students deserves to get scholarship arrears so they can go back to their various institutions/campuses smoothly. Undoubtedly, this would greatly help the poorest among them and even those who have and put a smile on their faces. There is no better time to help students than now!
To my recollection, Gombe State students have not been paid their stipends for the past three years. Also, it has been reported in the news that the State Government has promised to pay the scholarship when the universities re-open. It made this promise when the State Governor invited the Gombe State Students Association (GOSSA) president and his entourage for Iftar during the holy month of Ramadan in the government house.
Now that the universities have re-opened, we pray that Gombe State Government will fulfil its promise as it has been known. Despite the economic uncertainty, the State Government is doing its best in terms of education, infrastructural development, healthcare, security, etc.
I hope our governor, the ministry of education and all concerned will expedite actions to help and pay the Gombe students their scholarship entitlements. The students have suffered a lot at the hands of the cruel repercussions of the strike, and now all students dearly need help. I am happy because I know our great governor of Gombe State has listening ears, and he has already promised to pay. I am sure he will pay. This is just a reminder, Sir.
Long live Gombe State Government.
Long live Gombe state students.
Best regards to the daily reality.
Abdullahi Nayaya writes from Gombe State, Nigeria.