Abuja – The Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday offered 10 scholarships to the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in Durumi Camp in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque, Sheik Ahmed El-Tayeb, announced the offer on behalf of the institution when he paid a courtesy visit to Durumi IDPs camp in Abuja.
El-Tayeb said that the scholarships should be distributed to deserving five girls and five boys who were the children of the IDPs in the camp.
According to him, the beneficiaries will study medicine and engineering and other science-related discipline in the institution.
El-Tayeb, then, pledged that in the next two weeks Al-Azhar would equip Darumi IDPs Camp’s Clinic with modern health facilities and medication to ensure better health service delivery in the centre.
He added that the institution would also donate foodstuff to the camp to ensure that they had food during the month of Ramadan.
The Grand Imam noted that Islam had mandated all Muslims, especially the rich, to assist the less privileged and people who were affected by disaster such as displacement.
Malam Ibrahim Halilu, Leader of the Camp, said there were over 2226 IDPs in the camp, who comprised both Muslims and Christians.
Halilu appealed to the Grand Imam to provide uniforms and teaching facilities to the IDPs’ children who had lost their parents to insurgency.
He also solicited the support of the International community to assist Nigeria to defeat terrorism which he said, had rendered them homeless.
He thanked the Imam for the gesture and prayed Allah to reward him abundantly. (NAN)