Yobe releases N104m for students on scholarships
The Yobe State government has approved the payment of N104, 33 million to 3, 776 Yobe students enrolled in institutions of higher learning in Maiduguri zone for the 2016 academic session.
These institutions, in a statement of Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego issued in Damaturu included the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) with 2, 991 students, Ramat Polytechnic (RAMPOLY) with 486 students, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri (158 students), Muhammad Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies (83), Muhammad Lawan College of Agriculture, Maiduguri (50) and the School of Health Technology, Maiduguri (eight students).
He said that payments for students in the Maiduguri area would commence soon.
The statement read in part: “Earlier in September, officials of the State Scholarship Board had paid N165, 198, 340.00 to a total of 12, 002 students in Gaidam, Gashu’a and Nguru zones covering Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashu’a (USCOEGA) with 7, 978 students, Federal University, Gashu’a with 697 students, Mai Idriss Alooma State Polytechnic, Gaidam with 1, 081 students, Atiku Abubakar College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Nguru (AACOLIS) with 1, 527 students and College of Health Technology, Nguru with 719 students.
“The state Government had also paid N261, 674,120 to numerous Yobe students pursuing medicine and other specialist courses in institutions of higher learning overseas including in the Sudan, UK, Russia, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, South Africa, Uganda, Ukraine, Egypt, and the UAE, amongst others.
“Some 34 Nigeria Law School students in various Law School campuses have also been paid N19, 207, 000.00 for registration, allowances, and purchase of laptop computers. Ten other students have been paid N4, 242, 876.00 to pursue International Diploma and International Advanced Diploma in Computer at the Informatics Institute, Kazaure.”
Bego added that the sum of N17, 108, 500 has been paid as registration fees for Umar Suleiman College of Education Gashu’a students who are pursuing NCE and B.A French as well as Arabic Studies for a mandatory one-year training programme in Lome, Badagry and Sokoto respectively.
He said the total amount spent by the government in scholarship payments in 2016 stood at N571.76 million.
He added that scholarship payments for students in Damaturu, Potiskum, Kano, Zaria, Kaduna, Yola, and other parts of the country would also follow soon.