The Borno Government on Tuesday said it would sponsor 30 female students on a five-year MBBS degree programme at the El Razi Medical College, Khartoum, Sudan.
Gov. Kashim Shettima said this while receiving the students at the Government House, Maiduguri.
Shettima said the state government had budgeted 1.1 million dollars for the programme.
Her said the government would provide comprehensive sponsorship of the students.
“This include the cost of procuring visa, air tickets, tuition fee, study and up keep allowances, among others.”
Shettima said the gesture would tackle the shortage of doctors in the state.
“When we came to office in 2011, we met only 38 doctors in government employment. So, we raised the figure to 108.
“But the number is still inadequate for the doctors’ need of the state.”
Shettima said the state government had resolved to sponsor the students to provide a lasting solutions to the problem.
The governor said the students were selected from the 27 local government areas, adding, “we are planning for the future because Borno will overcome its current security challenges soon.
“We believe that Borno will emerge stronger from its current challenges.”
He urged the students to face their studies and exhibit high moral behaviour during the programme. (NAN)
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