ABUJA, Nigeria – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama alongside Charge D’Affaires, Nigerian Embassy in Cairo, Mr Bashir Ma’Aji; have revealed how Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, saved the education of Nigerian medical student from Bauchi State, by offsetting her unpaid fees of 8,000 US Dollars.
The intervention occured last October during Zulum’s trip to Cairo, Egypt to enter agreements with institutions towards ongoing construction of a new teaching hospital in the state.
23-year old Mrs Lu’ubatu Aliyu, a student on scholarship from Bauchi State, had finished her studies about four years ago from Ain Shams University, in Cairo, but her degree certificate was withheld due to none payment of balance of her fees.
Mrs Aliyu was among 23 students awarded scholarship to study medicine by the Isa Yuguda administration in Bauchi State in 2012.
The Charge D’Affaires of Nigerian Embassy in Cairo, Mr. Bashir Ma’Aji, explained that Aliyu’s certificate was withheld because the succeeding government in Bauchi state did not meet her financial obligations.
Ma’Aji disclosed that succour, however, came the way of Aliyu when Governor Zulum visited Egypt and offset the fees as a result of the intervention of the Nigerian Embassy in Egypt.
“Aliyu completed her studies about four years ago, but due to the challenges from her sponsor, she had to leave the certificate for about four years.
“And luckily for us, last October, Zulum was in Cairo on official assignment. And in our usual discussion with him, he asked us about the challenges Nigerian students faced in the Arab Republic of Egypt.
“We appealed to him to come to the rescue of Dr Lu’ubatu Aliyu, who has graduated and passed her medical studies in Egypt but could not get her result due to financial difficulties and also the failure of her sponsor.
“The governor graciously accepted the appeal of the Embassy and sent us a total sum of $8,000 to facilitate the collection of her result,” Ma’Aji disclosed.
On Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in Abuja, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, ceremonially presented Lu’ubatu her degree certificate with the Nigerian Charge D’Affaires in Cairo, Mr. Ma’Aji in attendance.
The Minister said resolving the certificate issue of Lu’ubatu highlighted the very positive things that Nigerian embassies, missions and diplomats were doing to assist distressed Nigerians in foreign countries.
“So, here, we have a Nigerian sister of ours who had some difficulties getting her certificate and the Embassy was able to be proactive.
“We extend our gratitude to Zulum, for his very timely and very generous intervention to help the Nigerian Embassy to address the situation,” he said.
Addressing Mrs. Aliyu, Onyeama said, the situation showed her level of determination as she persevered notwithstanding the difficult challenges that she faced.
“So, we also commend you for not giving up and it is a thing of great joy that you have been able to get this degree certificate from Ain Shams University, a reputable university in Egypt,” Onyeama added.
Mrs.Aliyu expressed gratitude to God and appreciated the Nigerian Embassy and Governor Zulum for the assistance in ensuring she became a certified medical doctor.
“Alhamdulillah! I will like to thank His Excellency, Governor Babagana Zulum. I really appreciate what you did to me and I will never forget this effort, Sir.
“Your Excellency, thank you very much. Today, you have stopped the entire waiting for my collection of certificate, the MBBS certificate.
“I pray the Almighty Allah to restore peace in Borno and the entire nation, Nigeria,” Aliyu said.