A non-governmental organisation, Hajiya Zainabu Mai Kyau Foundation, has paid the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) fees for indigent students from Gaidam community in Bayo local government area of Borno state.
The fees was for students preparing for both junior and senior WAEC in the community.
Presenting the cheque for the bill at a ceremony held at Gaidam Primary School, the representative of the foundation, Adamu Mohammed Zharuma, said the gesture was borne out of a desire to give back to society and to encourage parents to send their children to school.
He said: “We place a premium on the value of education especially in rural areas and Gaidam community, and this event that comprises of paying the WAEC fees for all eligible students in the community is a thing of joy for our founder who is appreciative to God for the gift of life and the positive impact the Gaidam community has had on her and her children.
“ We charge all the students to prepare adequately for their examinations and also to assure them that the foundation would be willing to provide further support as the need arises.”
The Education Secretary of the local government, Umar Corona, while receiving the cheque, thanked the foundation for the gesture which he said would go a long way in alleviating the challenges faced by the parents.
Representative of the parents, Mohammed Yusuf, said the gesture has taken away the financial burden of payment of WAEC fees off the shoulders of their parents.
The foundation also donated exercise books, whiteboards, and the rehabilitation of a borehole and teachers lavatory in the primary school.