BY AHMED TUKUR, LAFIA – As a means of fostering unity among different religious groups in the country, an Islamic organization in Nasarawa State on the aegis of Islamic Society of Eggon land (ISE), has awarded Scholarship to 70 Christians students studying in various tertiary institutions in the country.
This was announced by the Secretary General of the group, Alhaji Abdullahi Galle at a press conference which took place at the headquarters of the organizations in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
Abdullahi said that 88 Christians applied for the 2019/2020 academic year and 70 Christians were successfully awarded the scholarship.
The scholarship is expected to cover cost of tuition fee of all the beneficiaries studying in colleges of education, Universities, schools of Health and polytechnics.
According to him; “The gesture to offer scholarship across different faith is to foster unity and understanding among our people. We are a charity organization and know religion preaches
discrimination so we are out to see our people unite and leave as one.
“About 275 students were awarded for the 2019/2020 academic year, among them 88 Christians applied and 70 were successful.”
He added that 102 Muslims were rejected out of the 307 that applied while 205 Muslims successfully awarded scholarship for the year.
Abdullahi said that the students will be credited through their bank accounts to ease transport and other logistics problems that will stop students from far distance to access the scholarship.
He said; “We have 404 students on our scholarship list for now. We started in 2014 and 2019/2020 has the highest awardees of 275 students.”
The breakdown of the entre 404 beneficiaries of the association according to institutions shows that 188 students are studying BSC in Universities, 38 School of Health and Nursing, 111 NCE in colleges of education. Others are 5 PHD students, 20 HND, and 13 Masters Degrees.
He explained that the gesture is aimed at assisting students pursue their academic programmes and ensure that they get respite while in the school.
He further said; “About 275 students were awarded for 2019/ 2020 academic session while we have 129 others on our list for the previous years who are enjoying the gesture.”
One of the beneficiaries, Timothy Isuwa, a PHD student in the Nasarawa state University thanked the group while urging other similar bodies to emulate the organization.
He said that the scholarship will portray Islam as a religion of peace that has nothing to do with discrimination.
According to Isuwa; “It will foster unity, peaceful coexistence and harmonious relationship among different religions.”

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