The Borno state government has sponsored another set of 20 female citizens to study medicine at a university in Sudan, bringing to 50, the number of ladies sent abroad under the State’s Female Medical
Education (Intervention) Programme that is designed to send for training abroad, 300 female doctors from 2014 to 2019.
The programme was initiated following the discovery of massive dearth of female doctors in the last twenty years across the State despite high population of female, many of whom suffer maternal and other women related complications that are partly caused by apathy of most women to be medically counseled and treated by male doctors on maternal and related issues.
The additional 20 ladies are to be trained at El-Razi Medical University, Khartum, Sudan where 30 ladies have spent almost a year now.
While presenting the award letter and a laptop computer to each of the 20 female student at the Government House Maiduguri on Tuesday, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima said he was very passionate about women education, as according to him, “when you educate a man, you educate an individual but when you educate a woman you educate a nation”.
The Governor said ” all of us are product of public schools and posterity will judge us harshly if we allow the public school system to collapse”.
He said the after becoming medical doctors, the students are expected to specialise on courses like Gynecology, pediatric and mammography among others, adding that the state government has earlier sent 30 female students to the same institution making the number to 50 now.
Shettima also said that government is going to introduce feeding system in the public primary schools, adding that at least one meal per day will be introduce in Maiduguri Metropolitan council, Jere,
Biu, Shani Kaga and Monguno as pilot projects He said that government is going to pay parents a stipend to encourage them to send their children and wards to schools, especially in northern part of the state.
The governor said he is going to invest heavily on the programme because it is sensitive to gender empowerment and that developed countries like Singapore and Korea were not natural resource endowed by they invest heavily on education and now reaping the fruit.
Earlier, the permanent secretary ministry of higher education, Lawan Mahmud Maina said the state spend N65 million per annum on 50 female students that were sent on scholarship to the college of medicine Khartoum.
Our correspondent gathered that the state government will spend $10,700 dollars on each of the 20 female students per annum.