The Yobe State Government has said that it has spent N800 million in sponsoring 316 students in the state to acquire tertiary education in various educational institutions located abroad between 2019 and 2021.
This fact was disclosed in Yola by the Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Scholarship Board, Dr. Abubakar Kagu while addressing newsmen on the achievements of the administration of Governor Mai Mala-Buni in the past two years
According to Kagu, no fewer than 233 Yobe indigenes have been sponsored to study in India while 83 others are currently studying in various institutions of higher learning in Sudan, Ukraine, Uganda, UK among other countries across the globe.
According to Kagu, the board has also awarded scholarships to 109 law graduates who are indigenes of the state to study in Nigeria Law Schools and while the sum of N1.5 million have been paid to each of the 10 lecturers of the state’s School of Nursing in Damaturu, who are running master’s degree programs.
The executive secretary said further that 38,000 students who are indigenes of the state are studying in over 60 universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education across the country.
Kagu announced that Sao Tome and Principe had agreed to offer scholarships to 100 undergraduate students in local universities, as part of the of Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority initiative.
Responding to the criticism on the board’s decision to award scholarships to Arabic and Islamic studies students in Alazhar University, Egypt kagu said the intention of the board was to help the students obtain sound Islamic education as a way of countering Islamic extremism.