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  • Updated: April 17, 2024

Borno: Zulum approves N1.3bn scholarship for nursing, midwifery students

Borno: Zulum approves N1.3bn scholarship for nursing, midwif

The Governor of Borno, Babagana Umara Zulum has approved N1.3 billion in scholarships to 997 indigent nursing and midwifery students in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The selection of the beneficiaries followed an entrance examination that 1,080 students with 40 coming from each of the 27 Local Government Areas of the state sat for and 997 passed.

The governor who launched the scholarship programme on Wednesday at the College of Nursing and Midwifery in Maiduguri said at the end of their programmes, the beneficiaries will be absorbed into the state civil service to bridge the gap in the state's healthcare needs.

He said: "The government has allocated a total of N1,305,189,000 for scholarships, with a breakdown of N124,149,000 earmarked for tuition fees. The remaining N1,181,040,000 will be disbursed as a monthly stipend of N30,000 to each beneficiary throughout their studies."

The Governor's spokesperson, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi in a statement on Wednesday said Zulum revealed that his administration was constructing two colleges of nursing, one in the northern part of the state and the other one in the southern part.

He assured that the two colleges would be completed and opened for academic activities in 2024.

On his part, the State Commissioner for Education, Lawan Abba Wakilbe who highlighted the state government's commitment to education said: "From May 29, 2019 to date, Zulum's administration had approved over N6 billion for scholarships with N2.7 billion of that amount approved from May 29, 2023 to date."

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