...Tambuwal offers immediate employment to graduates of medicine
About 77 Sokoto State indigenes under the state government’s scholarship have graduated with first-class degrees from tertiary institutions in India, Sudan, Ukraine, and Ghana.
Muhammad Bello, the special adviser on media and publicity to the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said the graduates were presented to Tambuwal on Friday in Sokoto by the permanent secretary of the state scholarship board, Alhaji Bello Isah.
He said the students were products of a scholarship scheme bankrolled by the state government, which has expended the sum of N14 billion between 2016 and 2022 on the training of 46,000 indigenous students as medical doctors, and engineers, among others.
According to Bello, one of the graduates, Hassan Usman from Kofa village in Binji local government area, was the recipient of the first African silver medal for outstanding performance in biomedical engineering.
He said another student, Dr. Muzammil Maidoki, from Sokoto North LGA, graduated with a first-class degree in medicine from Nahda University, Sudan. He added that Maidoki while pursuing his study also memorised the Holy Qur’an and Sahih Bukhari.
Governor Tambuwal, while receiving the graduates, expressed his delight with their academic feats, and awarded the silver medalist, Usman, a scholarship to pursue his master’s degree and Ph.D.
He directed the state’s head of service to ensure that all the medical graduates were immediately employed after completing their mandatory national youth service.
According to Tambuwal, his administration’s huge investment in medical students is aimed at addressing the lack of adequate manpower in the state’s health sector.
“We know our challenges. We do not have adequate medical manpower,” the governor said, “This is the reason why we came up with this programme so that we can have enough manpower for our people, especially now that we are building more hospitals in the state.”
Earlier the permanent secretary of the state scholarship board, Isah, said 1,121 students were trained in medicine, engineering, and other paramedic courses from universities in India, Sudan, Ukraine, and Ghana.
He added that 15,000 of those sponsored were graduates of the sciences and social sciences-related courses from different universities in Nigeria, among them being 300 lawyers.
Isah further said an additional 30,000 students are currently being sponsored to study various courses in Nigeria.
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