The Ona of Abaji and chairman of the FCT council of chiefs, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, yesterday urged the National Assembly to include scholarship funds for FCT indigenes in the national budget.
Yunusa, who was speaking when the FCT director of scholarship board, Mrs. Emcy Gayus Hamman, paid a courtesy visit to him in his palace, also decried the absence of quota system for FCT indigenes seeking admission into universities.
He observed that there was need for government to give three percent instead of one percent out sells of land to FCT scholarship board since most of lands belonging to indigenes have been taken away.
He said this would enable the indigenous children to get opportunity to go to school.
"Most of our people are farmers, who have no land to farm again. So we have nothing doing and as such our children have remained at home without going to school because there is no money," he said.
He assured the FCT director that he will meet with the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and other stakeholders on the need to assist the scholarship board.
Earlier, FCT director of scholarship board, Mrs. Emcy Gayus Hamman, said her team was at the palace to intimate the traditional ruler of the board's activities, which include giving education assistance to indigenous pupils and students in FCT.
She said the scholarship board through the FCTA education secretariat has tried in assisting the indigent students in the territory, adding that there was need for all stakeholders to join hands with the government so that many indigent students can benefit from the scheme.