From Raji Bello, Sokoto.
Sokoto state government has disclosed that it has earmarked about N331.63 million for the sponsorship of 164 students to Sudaneese institutions of higher learning.
A statement signed by the Information Officer of the State Scholarship Board, Isa Shuni stated this.
According to the statement, the students will pursue various medical, para-medical and Engineering courses in the country.
The statement gave the names of the Sudaneese institutions as Khartoum College of Medical Sciences, Afhad University for Women, Nahda International College, International University of Africa and National University.
“The gesture is with a view to offering training to our youths to professionalise in selective fields of medical sciences. The admissions for all the students had since been secured and the money covers tuitions, registration, upkeep, transportation and other needs,” it added.
The statement also quoted the Chairman of the board, Alhaji Jelani Kalgo as disclosing that Governor Aliyu Wamakko had since approved and released the funds.
It added, “this is to facilitate easy take off of the programmes in accordance with the provisions and guidelines of the respective Institutions’ academic calendars.”
Kalgo said the state government gives emphasis on the sponsorship of female students to confront the perennial shortage of female medical personnel bedevilling the state’s medical institutions.
“The state government deserves commendation for its sustained efforts to further uplift the standard of education in the state.
“The benefitting students should complement the government’s gesture by dedicating themselves to their studies and be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria generally.”