No less than 77 natives of Sokoto State benefiting from state government scholarship have successfully graduated with a first class degree in Indian tertiary institutions.
Muhammad Bello, Special Advisor on Media and Publicity to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, disclosed in a statement.
In the Sokoto statement on Saturday, Bello said one of the graduates, Hassan Usman from Kofa village in Binji local government area, became the recipient of Africa’s first silver medal for outstanding performance in engineering. biomedical.
He said that another student, Dr. Muzammil Maidoki, from Sokoto North LGA, who while pursuing his studies also memorized the Holy Quran and Sahih Bukhari, graduated with a first class degree in medicine from Nahda University in Sudan.
He said: “All the students were products of a scholarship program funded by the state government, which spent the sum of 14 billion naira between 2016 and 2022 on training 46,000 indigenous students as as doctors, engineers and other professionals.
“The graduates were presented to Governor Tambuwal on Friday in Sokoto by the permanent secretary of the state scholarship board, Alhaji Bello Isah.”
He said that Tambuwal, while receiving the graduates, directed the state service chief to ensure that all medical graduates were immediately employed after completing their mandatory youth service program.
Bello added that Tambuwal expressed his joy at their academic achievements and awarded the silver medalist a scholarship to pursue his masters and doctorate.
According to him, the Tambuwal administration’s huge investment in medical students is aimed at addressing the lack of adequate manpower in the state’s health sector.
The Governor said, “We know our challenges.
“We don’t have enough medical personnel.
“That’s why we came up with this program so that we can have enough manpower for our people, especially now that we’re building more hospitals in the state.”
Earlier, the permanent secretary of the state scholarship board explained that 1,121 students had been trained in medicine, engineering and other paramedical courses at Indian, Sudanese, Ukrainian and Ghanaian universities.
He added that 15,000 of those sponsored were graduates of science and social science related courses from different universities in Nigeria, including 300 lawyers.
Isah further said that an additional 30,000 people are currently being sponsored to study various courses in Nigeria.