A former member representing Zango-Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Sunday Katung, has described as troubling and disturbing the 10 million out-of-school children across the country.
More devastating, Katung said, was that out of the 10 million children, 69 percent were from the North.
Katung, while addressing newsmen at a press conference in Kaduna recently, said the startling figures were unacceptable and needed pragmatic measures to tackle the education deficit in the region.
He argued that the only way out was for well-meaning Nigerians to give back to society through assistance to vulnerable students for their educational pursuits.
Specifically announcing a scholarship scheme under the ‘Marshal Katung Foundation’, the PDP’s Deputy Governorship candidate in the 2019 General Elections, said the foundation was out to offer scholarships to vulnerable students cut across 10 local government areas.
According to him, the scholarship was principally for eligible indigent students drawn from 10 LGAs comprising of Chikun, Kajuru, Kachia, Zango kataf, Jaba, kauru, Kaura, Jemaa, Sanga, and Kagarko, studying in Kaduna State University, College of Education Gidan Waya, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, and College of Nursing, Kafanchan.
Katung also admonished the Kaduna State Government to harken to the voice of the people and reduce the tuition fee hike in tertiary institutions in the state, adding that “this increment is coming amid a global economic contraction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”