Sunday, October 7, 2018

FCTA Gives Scholarship To Miss Elizabeth Elijah Hit By Flying Debris of Air Force Jet


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The Federal Capital Territory Administration is to award scholarship to Miss Elizabeth Elijah who was hit by flying debris from a fighter jet that crashed while Air Force personnel were training for the Independence Day celebration.

The Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Adamu Noma, disclosed this when he visited the girl at Maitama General Hospital, Abuja, in company with some directors who represented the administration on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, the FCT administration has decided to take care of all the expenses relating to her education, explaining that the scholarship will take care of her educational pursuit.

“As soon as she is discharged from hospital, the scholarship will commence,” Noma said.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Elijah was said to be in the farm at Mpape near Maitama District when the NAF aircraft crashed, following which she was hit by flying debris from the fighter jet.

The fighter jet had collided with another, killing the pilot, during air training for Nigeria Independence Day celebration. Miss Elijah was hit and injured in the leg by fragments of the jet.

Noma also assured 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.

He said the FCT administration would be responsible for her tuition, books, uniform, and any other requirement needed in school.

Director FCT Scholarship Board, Ahmad Rani, confirmed the scholarship, adding that the board was ready to follow her up.

The girl, who is responding to treatment, has been stabilised from the trauma and the injury, and will be discharged soon.

NAN also learnt that Elijah, 15, hails from Kachia, Kaduna State, but resides with her family at Chikoko village in Bwari Area Council of the FCT.

She completed primary six in Chikoko, but poverty prevented her from proceeding to secondary school.

NAN also gathered 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 are the Director, FCT Scholarship Board, and Director of FCT Call Centre, Hajia Jummai Amadu.

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