The student, Iqmat Popoola, is a 300-level student in agricultural economics.
Speaking on handing over the check to the payee, Professor Victor Osodeke, ASUU National President, said the gesture was the union’s way of helping needy students in the pursuit of their academic careers.
He said Miss Popoola was an outstanding student with a GPA of 4.47, adding that she was the guy who should be employed immediately after graduation.
“About three years ago, the Union of Academic Staff of Universities introduced a needy scholarship where 100,000 N is given to such a student and we choose one student from each of the ASUU member universities.
“For this young woman, Miss Ikmat Popoola is a 300-level agricultural economics student at ATBU and she has a CGP of 4.47.
“Honestly, these are the kind of people you need to recruit as soon as they finish their programs at their university.
“These are the people we need in the system, not the ones who go through godfathers and godmothers.
“On this note, on behalf of the Union of Academic Staff of Universities, we present this token to you as our support for the completion of your studies,” he said.
In his address, ASUU Bauchi Zone Coordinator Prof. Lawan Abubakar explained that the ASUU National Secretariat is sponsoring a needy student from each of the six universities that make up the Bauchi Zone.
He further explained that ATBU, Bauchi, sponsors three other destitute students with the same amount, the University of Jos sponsors five students.
Others, he said, included Bauchi State University, Gadau sponsoring 10 destitute students, Gombe State University with six, while Plateau State University and the The Federal University, Kashere in Gombe, had not yet started presenting this year’s prizes to students.
In her response, Miss Popoola thanked the union for their kind gesture, adding that she would use the money wisely for the purposes for which it was intended.
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