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SOSG Sponsors 100 to Study Paramedics, Settle Outstanding N900m Tuition Fees

Musa Na Allah

Sokoto State Government has sponsored 100 indigenes of the state to study various Paramedical courses at Al’Istiqama University in Sumaila Kano state.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who was represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor Bashir Garba said the effort is to equipped the health sector with adequate manpower needed for the smooth take off of health institutions built by the state government.

He said the number of medical Doctors, Nurses, laboratory scientist, Radiologist, physiotherapists and other paramedical personnel were grossly inadequate, hence the need for effort to remedy the situation.

Tambuwal further noted that the effort has started yielding results as out of the 200 students earlier sponsored overseas, 22 have graduated from India this year out of which 17 and 5 are graduate of Radiology and Medical Laboratory Sciences respectably.

He said 57 more are expected to graduate as Pharmacist, biomedical Engineers, Nurse as well as Doctors of Pharmacy by mid-2023 from India in July next year.  

Tambuwal however disclosed that the sponsorship of the 100 students to Al’istiqama University for both tuition, upkeep and other charges would gulp N106 million annually.

According to the Governor, the state has settled the backlog of uncleared registration fees for students of Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto and Sokoto state University up to the tune of N900 million.

He assured the parents and other stakeholders that the state would continue to do it’s best to ensure that all tuition and other related fees for indigenes in tertiary institutions across the globe of the state are paid as at when due

The Executive Chairman, Sokoto State Scholarship Board, Altine Shehu Altine Kajiji said Tambuwal in his wisdom decided to sponsored the 100 students to study paramedical courses to feel the gap created in the health sector.

He said the 100 students were carefully selected from the 23 local government areas of the state with the support of traditional rulers and the Sultanate Council.

The Director General, Scholarship Board, Bello Isah said the Sokoto state government has also sponsored another 200 students to Ukrain, India, Sudan and China aimed at strengthening manpower of the health sector.

He said the state government would continue to sponsored the best among indigenes of the state wishing to pursue their academic goals within and outside the shores of the country.

The Chairman, State Teachers Service Board, Alhaji Garba Bello Yabo congratulated the selected students for their successful outing, while commending the state government for its bold initiative.

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