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Borno presents N5m cheque to Israel Galadima, highest JAMB scorer

…I’ll give back to people of Borno in furure—Israel

By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI—Borno State government has presented a cheque of N5 million to Israel Zakari Galadima, who scored 364 points, the highest, in the 2018 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, JAMB-UTME.

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Galadima is from Biu Local government area in southern part of Borno State.

Borno’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Usman Jaha, made the presentation at the office of the Registrar, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, where Israel Galadima gained admission to study Electronics Engineering.

The presentation was witnessed by representatives of the student’s family, principal of his secondary school, some officials of the university and Borno’s liaison office in Lagos.

Full scholarship

Governor Kashim Shettima had, last Tuesday, announced full scholarship for Israel when he played host to the boy, who already secured admission at Covenant University, and his mother, Jummai Galadima, a Lagos-based banker, at the Government House in Maiduguri.

Jaha urged Israel’s family to release a substantial part of the N5 million to the university to cover the five years the boy will spend in school, saying Governor Shettima’s only request was for him to remain focused and graduate First Class.

Responding, Israel, who the governor nicknamed JAMB King, said: “I am touched by the governor’s gesture and I know that sacrifices were made to support me.

“I assure the governor and everyone here that by the grace of God, in years to come, I will give back to the people of my state, Borno by the grace of God.”

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