Arrangements are in place to send 200 Sokoto students to India to study medicine and related fields just as the state government said over three billion Naira scholarships had been paid to its students from 2015 to date.
Executive Chairman of the state scholarship board, Hon Altine Shehu Kajiji who disclosed this in a statement in Sokoto, said the amount included tuition fees and upkeep allowance.
He said the students were studying in USA, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Turkey, Sudan, Antigua, Bangladesh, India, Uganda, and Niger Republic.
"It also includes payments to more than 10,000 Sokoto students in public and private schools across Nigeria, " he added.
The board chairman said most of the tuition fees payments were up to date especially for students in Sudan and Niger Republic.
He assured that efforts had been intensified to make disbursements to students in places where they were not yet up to date in payments.
The Chairman disclosed that 37 Sokoto students at the Nigerian Law School received upkeep allowances to cover the duration of their stay in addition to their tuition fees paid in 2016.
Each student was also given a laptop to help him in the course of his study. The same arrangement has been concluded for this year’s law graduates who just got admitted into law schools, he said.
“Let me state on record that the scholarship Board is receiving all necessary support for the payment of tuition fees and allowances of our students despite the lean financial resources of the state, " he asserted.
He added: “The modest achievement so far recorded by the Tambuwal-administration is a clear indication that the state of emergency declared in the sector is on the right track."
Kajiji called on all indigenes to rally round and support the state to enable it achieve the desired objectives of making education available and affordable to all Sokoto indigenes.
"The state is encouraging its indigenes to advance their studies in institutions of higher learning both within and outside the country especially in the fields of science and technology,” he urged.