Commissioner of Higher Education in Borno State, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Jaha, said 373 students were awarded scholarship at the cost of N1 billion from 2010 to 2014.
Jaha disclosed this at a news conference on Monday in Maiduguri.
“Bearing in mind the indispensability of manpower and
human capacity building to sustainable development, Borno State took bold steps to raise the standard and quality of its citizens through the award of scholarships for local and overseas training for all deserving graduates and undergraduates in this state.’’
The scholarships, according to the commissioner, cut across various disciplines and professions, including health, agriculture, electricity, law and marine engineering and nautical science.
“The state government sponsored 20 students to the United Kingdom to obtain Msc degrees in petrochemical engineering in 2013 and the sum of N142.3 million was expended on scholarship and other training requirements.
“The manpower development efforts of the government did not stop at the award of scholarships to deserving students for overseas training alone. In 2011, government spent N22.85 million on scholarships for 52 students at the Nigerian Law School. In 2012, N24 million was also expended on 59 students for the same programme. In 2013, the Shettima administration spent over N24 million on 52 students in the institution.
“Recently, with the gracious assistance of UNICEF, that indicated its readiness to sponsor 47 orphans to Madonna University, Port Harcourt, the state government provided logistics, including transportation and other essential needs of the students which cost N11 million.’’

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