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Published On: Thu, Oct 4th, 2018

Girl hit by Air Force Jet gets scholarship

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By Stanley Onyekwere

Fifteen-year-old Miss Elizabeth Elijah, who was hit and injured in the leg by fragments of the ill-fated F-7Ni aircraft, belonging Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has been granted scholarship by the FCT Administration.
The victim, hails from Kachia area of Kaduna State, but resides with her family in Chikoko village in Bwari Area Council of the FCT, was handed a scholarship form for proper documentation.
FCT Administration, represented by the FCT Director of Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC); Director, FCT Scholarship Board and Head of FCT Call Centre visited the girl yesterday, in Maitama General Hospital, Abuja.
“FCT Administration has decided to take care of all expenses for her education. The scholarship will take care of all her schooling.
“As soon as she is discharged from hospital, the scholarship will commence,” the Dr. Adamu Noma, Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) assured.
It was gathered that Miss Elijah finished primary six in Chikoko, but has been out of school for about 5 years now due to the inability of her poor father to send her to secondary school.
Our correspondent further learnt that her father could not afford transport fare from the village to see her in Maitama Hospital.
She was said to be in the farm that fateful day when the ill-fated NAF aircraft mishap happened and she was hit by flying debris from the fighter jet.
It was observed that the hospital has stabilized her from the trauma and the injury is being treated as the chief nursing sister said she would be discharged soon.
According to the UBEC boss, the FCT Administration 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.
He said the FCT Administration would be responsible for her tuition, books uniform, foot wears and any other things needed in school.
Confirming this, Ahmad Rani, Director FCT Scholarship Board said they were ready to foot the bills and follow her up.
Recall that the air mishap crashed killed the Pilot, a Squadron Leader in the Nigeria Airforce, Bello Muhammed Baba Ari was taking part in a NAF rehearsal in Abuja, for the celebration of the Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary.

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