Hadejia: Abuja Philanthropist Educating Orphans, Underprivileged Children

Tijjani Mukaddas Hadejia, an Abuja-based philanthropist in commemoration of World Teachers’ Day donated 80 per cent of his salary to a school in Bwari area of the federal capital city.

According to him, he had committed 80 per cent of his salary to look after the school pupils. In addition to this, BBC Hausa reports that the philanthropist established a school where he educates orphans and the needy.

Hadejia said he funds the school through his business which he didn’t specify.

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Before the establishment of the charity school two years ago, Hadejia said he used to sponsor about two to three kids to school.

Some of the community residents also assist in teaching those children, he stated.

Idris Amin, an orphan and primary school drop out, is also a volunteer in the school. He aspires to continue his studies and become a soldier in the future.

As seen in a video clip, the learners are being hosted in an uncompleted building where they convene on mats to learn.

“We take talented children out of them and put them in the right schools for their education. We put some in primary, secondary or even university,” Hadejia told BBC Hausa. “Most of my students are either orphans or underprivileged and cannot afford education.”

“Universal basic education is not free as they say. Parents spend as much as N10,000 these days and they cannot afford it,” he continued.

Hadejia added that the goal of the school was to help underprivileged children ease learning difficulties in their lives as well as secure a bright future for them.

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“Some of these children used to be street hawkers. Others just roam the streets doing nothing,” he said.

He further called on the government to come to the aid of the poor by making education accessible to all.

His contribution to education has made him a role model amongst the people of Dankwa, an Abuja community where he lives.


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