My mother borrowed money to pay my tuition – Scholarship beneficiary

A 300-level student at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Glory Jumoke James, has revealed that her mother has been borrowing money to cover the school fees of her four children.

Jumoke is one of the 14 indigent students at the university who were awarded N200,000 scholarship by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday.

She is also one of the two students who received the sum of N50,000 each from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University branch of ASUU. The beneficiaries include children of deceased lecturers.

Jumoke, who was overwhelmed with joy, said ever since her father left the familynearly a decade ago, her mother has been single-handedly paying tuition for she and her three siblings.

The Sociology undergraduate said; “Our father left us 10 years ago and since then, our mother has been shouldering our responsibilities.

“She has been borrowing money to pay our school fees. I am more than happy. I have no words to thank ASUU”.

Speaking on the scholarship programme, the ASUU chairman, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Professor Nuradeen Almustapha, said before now, one indigent student from each of the about 100 universities across the country benefited from the ASUU National Headquarters award, but this year they increased it to two from each university.

Also speaking, the vice chancellor of the university, Professor Lawal Bilbis, noted that such scholarship helps students to improve their academic performance. He urged the beneficiaries to use the money judiciously, promising them another scholarship if they secure 3.5 GPA.