Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State on Tuesday hosted an indigene of the state, Galadima Israel Zakari, the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, JAMB, best
overall candidate at the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Shettima received Zakari (from Biu local government area) and his mother, Jummai, at the Government House in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The governor said he was excited about the young man’s achievement.
“On behalf of the government and people of Borno, I specially thank the JAMB king for making us proud. Words are not enough to express my joy.
“Despite our challenges, our children are doing well. We beseech Almighty God to continue to keep and bless them”, he said.
Shettima announced a 5-year scholarship for Zakari’s tertiary education to the tune of N5million.
He directed the Commissioner for Higher Education, Usman Jaha to raise the cheque to cover upfront payment of tuition, accommodation, books and maintenance at Covenant University in Ogun State where the student has already gained admission for a degree in Electronics Engineering.
The governor explained that since he will be completing his tenure in 2019, he has approved payment upfront in order to ensure that Zakari, who also made nine distinction at this year’s West African Examination Council (WAEC), does not have to follow-up on any tuition at the State
His words: “Israel, as his mother has told us, was raised as an orphan. The mother lost her husband who was a Major in the
Nigerian Army about 14 years ago and she singlehandedly raised three children.
“Israel is the second of her children. She works in Lagos as a Banker, we don’t have to make her travel all the way to Maiduguri
again to pursue any payment.
“She has done her part by raising a child with excellence and that child has made Borno State very proud. It’s our turn to support him.
“I will suggest that the mother pays all the fees upfront to avoid any tuition increase in future. I am particular about Israel because he was raised as an orphan”.
The mother couldn’t hold back tears as she thanked the Borno governor.
Jummai recalled that she attended
University of Maiduguri before getting married.
Dailyschoolgist reports that Zakari led the top best seven candidates, according to an official release by JAMB.
Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in the statement, said Zakari, who sat for the exam in Ogun State, emerged as the best with a score of 364.
The top four candidates are: Zakari with 364; Adekunle Jesufemi from Ogun who sat for the examination in Abeokuta with 358; Alikah Oseghale from Edo who sat for the examination in Ekpoma with 357 and Ademola Adetola from Ogun who sat for the examination in Lagos with 355.
JAMB added that Akinyemi Paul from Ogun, Ape Moses from Benue, and Obi-Obuoha Abiamamela from Rivers all came fifth with a tie score of 354 to complete the top seven.