The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has pledged to provide scholarship to Miss Elizabeth Elijah, a young girl who was hit by flying debris from the crashed fighter jet during air training for Nigeria Independence Day celebration.
The Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC), Dr Adamu Noma, made the disclosure, Wednesday, when he visited the girl at Maitama General Hospital, Abuja, with some directors who represented the administration.
According to him, the FCT Administration has decided to take care of all expenses for her education, explaining that the scholarship will take care of all her schooling.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]The girl, who is responding to treatment, has been stabilised from the trauma and the injury, and will be discharged soon, a hospital source revealed.[/penci_blockquote]
“As soon as she is discharged from hospital, the scholarship will commence,” Noma assured.
Elijah was said to have been in the farm at Mpape near Maitama District, that fateful day when the ill-fated NAF aircraft mishap occurred and she was hit by flying debris from the fighter jet.
The ill-fated fighter jet collided with another killing the pilot during air training for Nigeria Independence Day celebration where Elijah was hit and injured at the leg by fragments of the jet.
Noma also gave assurance that the FCTA has granted her scholarship to university level and that they will be ready to foot her bills for as long as she can go in educational pursuit.
According to him, the FCT Administration would be responsible for her tuition, books, uniform, foot wears and any other requirement needed in school.
Director FCT Scholarship Board, Alhaji Ahmad Rani, confirmed the scholarship, stressing that the board is ready to foot the bills and follow her up.
The girl, who is responding to treatment, has been stabilised from the trauma and the injury, and will be discharged soon, a hospital source revealed.
Elijah, 15, hails from Kachia, Kaduna State, but reside with her family at Chikoko village in Bwari Area Council of the FCT.
She completed primary six in Chikoko, but was prevented from proceeding for secondary education due to poverty.
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It was learnt that her father could not afford transport fare from the village to see her at the Maitama Hospital.
Among those who visited Elijah at the hospital where the scholarship form was presented to the family for proper documentation include the Director, FCT Scholarship Board, and Director of FCT Call Centre, Hajia Jummai Amadu.