N5m jackpot for Borno boy who topped JAMB’s UTME

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Governor Shettima (third right) tapping Israel who came first in the 2018 JAMB exams with 364 marks. First right is Jummai, Israel’s mother while on the governor’s immediate right is state’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Usman Jaha and another official when Israel was presented an award letter for five years scholarship with upfront payment for a degree at Covenant University where Israel is already admitted at Government House, Maiduguri, Tuesday. 
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima Tuesday met Israel Galadima Zakari from Biu who emerged ‎overall best in Nigeria after scoring 364 in the 2018 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The student was accompanied to the Government House, Maiduguri by his mother, Jummai.
Shettima presented a letter of Borno Government scholarship to Israel and order the State’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Usman Jaha to raise a cheque of N5m to cover upfront payment of tuition, accommodation, books and maintenance at Covenant University in Ogun State where the student has already gained admission for degree in electronics engineering.
In a statement by Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Malam Isa Gusau, said since Israel will be completing his tenure in 2019, he prefers to approve payment upfront in order to ensure that he does not have to follow-up at the state scholarship board.
Israel made nine distinctions in West African Examination Council.
Israel’s mother, Jummai, said the governor’s kindness was beyond her expectations and has lifted a big burden on her.

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