By Muhammad Maitela, Yobe
The Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni's administration has spent over N1.4 Billion on foreign scholarships for 371 students in different institutions of higher learning from 2019 to 2021.
In a statement signed by Gov. Buni's SSA on Digital and Strategic Communications, Malam Yusuf Ali said that, Yobe Scholarship Board, Governor give the Executive Secretary to the Board, Dr. Kagu Abubakar an approvals to enhance education and national job competitiveness of indigenes as well as other imperatives that will define the future of the state and generations to come.
He said that 233 Yobe indigenes were sponsored to India while 83 undergraduate students, MSc, and PhD candidates are undergoing various programmes in different countries across the world, including the UK, Malaysia, Turkey, China, Sudan, India, Uganda, Egypt, Ukraine and Russia among others.
Locally, Kagu said the board awarded scholarships to 109 law graduates studying in Nigeria Law Schools. Many of these have been called to the Nigerian Bar making the state proud.
The Executive Secretary further said the YSSB has also sponsored 10 lecturers of the Dr. Shehu Sule School of Nursing and Midwifery Damaturu, who are undergoing masters degree programmes.
Dr. Kagu said there are 38,000 students of state origin in over 60 universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education across the country, whose profiles have already been captured and the Buni administration is committed for the successful completion of their various programmes.
He disclosed that the board has developed a 10-Year Plan for a robust and impactful scholarship system ‘Recovery Through Education and Scholarships (RETES), a framework aimed at selecting and sponsoring well performing indigenes of the state in all the 17 LGAs to further their studies in Nigeria and across the world.
According to Dr. Kagu, the major areas of focus of the RETES framework are Medical Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering and Information Technology, and Teaching staff and tutors across state owned tertiary institutions.
The Executive Secretary reiterates the commitment of the Buni administration to strenthening the education sector by offering the support that students require to further their education.
“The Buni administration will continue to take every measure necessary to improve the education sector generally”.