Monday, November 28, 2022

FIST Africa pays school fees for indigent students in Abuja

The number of out-of-school children in Nigeria has been estimated to be around 20 million, according to UNESCO.

• November 16, 2022

FIST Africa, as part of its social and community intervention in education, visited two schools in the FCT to pay tuition fees for indigent students.

The outreach was an initiative of the Executive Director, Kemi Fred-Adetiba, who personally took responsibility for 31 students as a way of giving back to the community in celebration of her birthday. 

The project was conceived when she got to know that there are students who could not resume the session because their parents could not afford to pay their fees of N5000 per student. 

The number of out-of-school children in Nigeria has been estimated to be around 20 million, according to UNESCO. This intervention was to ensure that the children remain in school rather than join the growing number of those who are at home and on the streets. 

The first stop of the FIST Africa team was the Junior Secondary School, Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja, where the school management recommended 30 students for the grant. 

Mrs Kemi Fred-Adetiba used the opportunity to encourage the students to be of good behaviour by being obedient to their teachers and also taking their studies very seriously. 

The school management, led by the principal, Promise Gordon, appreciated the team for the intervention.

The second stop of the team was the LEA Primary and Secondary School, Kabusa, also in Abuja, FCT. A total of 9 pupils were recommended for the grant, and payments were made for their tuition and school uniforms as some of them were new intakes. 

Six of the nine pupils were orphans living with a woman who does menial jobs to feed her family. After seeing the situation, the founder of FIST Africa, Frederick Adetiba, announced that the organisation would adopt the six children and ensure their fees are paid from primary school to university. 

The headmaster and the secretary, Abubakar Bawa and Danladi Tomizayi, commended the team for the kind gestures. Also present were supervisors from the Area Council, led by Stella Nwoke, who thanked the team for their interventions. 

Some of the teachers also showed the team some of the challenges facing the school, such as overcrowded classrooms, insufficient desks and chairs as well as dilapidated writing boards. 

Mr Adetiba went around to see the challenges first-hand and promised that FIST Africa would mobilise more resources to assist the pupils and students in mitigating some of the challenges. A number of the pupils were seen sitting on the bare floor because there were no chairs to sit on.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu


Attacks on our facilities won’t stop 2023 elections: INEC

INEC said it would replace election materials that were lost in the attacks ahead of 2023.

Bruno Fernandez celebrates goal against Uruguay


Qatar 2022: Manchester United duo send Portugal, Brazil to World Cup round of 16

Manchester United duo of Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro netted the winners in both important fixtures.

Nasiru Idris


2023: I’ll establish ministry to tackle political thuggery, APC guber candidate says

Nasiru Idris said the ministry would also be mandated to fish out drug addicts across Kebbi.

Elon Musk

Hot news Home top

Apple wants to remove Twitter from its store: Elon Musk

Mr Musk also claims that Apple has suspended majority of its advertisements on Twitter.


National Sports Festival: 14,000 athletes to compete for medals in Asaba

The 36 states and the FCT will be competing in over 30 different sports in the festival.

Nigeria Exchange (NGX)


NGX: Investors lose N64 billion in bearish trading

The downturn was due to sell-offs in tier-one banks and industrial stocks such as Zenith Bank, Stanbic Bank and BUA Cement.