The Katsina State Government on Wednesday in Katsina said it would sponsor 50 students to study medicine abroad this year under its foreign scholarship programme.
Dr Garba Matazu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education, stated this when the director and other management staff of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Katsina Study Centre, called on him.
Matazu said that already under the programme, more than 200 students of the state were currently studying for various degree courses abroad.
He said that processes of the sponsorship documents for the 50 students were on and that they were expected leave before the end of the year.
The Special Adviser said, “The state government under the leadership of Gov. Shema has committed and is still committing a lot of resources to higher education.”
The government he said, was also supporting the NOUN Study Centre in Katsina to enhance its activities.
Matazu, who thanked the team for the visit gave the assurance that the state government would continue to support the centre toward addressing its problems.
He further promised to forward all the requests made by the centre to the state government.
Earlier, Dr Kabir Galadunchi, Director of NOUN Katsina Study Centre, said the visit was to express appreciation over the support being rendered to the centre by the state government.
He said that when the centre was established it had only two staff and 70 students, but currently it had 22 permanent staff, more than 50 part-time lecturers and 300 students.
Galadunchi also appealed to state government to provide special allowances for civil servants studying at the centre, fence the centre, as well as provide additional classes and a bus for it.