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NEDC sets up N6bn education fund

The Board of Trustees for Education Endowment Fund targeting twenty thousand Indigenes of the North East has been inaugurated.

The six billion Naira Fund is aimed at improving the human capital development in the Region.

At the Inauguration of the Board in Abuja, the Chairman, North East Development Commission NEDC, Retired Major General Paul Tarfa explained that the project when fully operational would bridge the gap of illiteracy and poverty in the region and other parts of the country.

Retired General Paul Tarfa said the project was part of measures to enhance educational development of the North East.

“Displaced children are many in NorthEast States from Adamawa, Bauchi ,Borno, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe but with this Fund, majority of these affected people will be liberated and empowered.” General Tarfa explained.

The Managing Director of the North East Development Commission, Alhaji Muhammed Alkali, maintained that the fund would be managed by people of integrity to achieve the set goals.

He said” I’m very optimistic with the set of people inaugurated as Board of Trustees for the this fund. Definitely, we will achieve desire results.”

The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Mr. David Kente expressed the determination of the Board to collaborate with relevant agencies including International donors to add value to education and Infrastructure development in the area.

Mr Kente added that the Board would ensure regular awards of scholarships for graduate and post graduate studies and entrepreneurial assistance for the six member states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.

Samuel Adeyinka

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