Kano State government has recently flown the fourth batch of 150 graduates, out of the 1,001 indigenous students who graduated with first-class honours, to India for their Master’s Degree programs in various disciplines.
However, the aircraft, ferrying the beneficiaries, took off from Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) at about 7:30 am on Friday, in the presence of the Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Yusuf Kofarmata, and other government officials.
The flight would then land in Lagos for an onward journey to India.
While speaking immediately after the take-off of the flight, Dr Kofarmata said, the departure of the fourth batch is in continuation of the government’s commitment towards implementation of the 1,001 postgraduate scholarship programme for 2023/2024.
“A total of 550 students are the first batch who are going to eight reputable universities to study in internationally competitive areas of professionalism to bridge the manpower gap in the state and across the nation.
He recalled that the first batch, comprised of 140 students departed to India immediately after the flagoff ceremony of the programme on October 20, while the second batch of 33 graduates were airlifted to study in Islamic University, Uganda on October 20.
According to him, “The beneficiaries, when arrived in India, would be taken to various universities for commencement of their Masters Degree programmes”
Dr Kofarmata disclosed that the students are first-class graduates who were meritoriously selected based on their performance in undergraduate.
He explained that the beneficiaries would study in internationally competitive areas of professionalism to bridge the manpower gap in the state and across the nation.
“The students are also expected to acquire experience, skills, and knowledge with the view to revamp the state commercial status and explore other potential for socio-economic development,” he said
Dr Kofarmata further disclosed that the
airlifts of the graduates to study Masters Degree programmes in various universities abroad was in fulfilment of the campaign promises of governor Abba Kabir Yusuf in the state.
As you can see the beneficiaries, their parents, well wishers, and other good people of the state are joyously celebrating the policy and continue praying for the success of the government in discharging its duties to the state,” the Commissioner said.
While speaking on behalf of students Auwalu Ibrahim Muhammad on behalf of the beneficiaries commended governor Yusuf for the gesture and fulfilment of his campaign promises to revive the policy introduced by the former governor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.”
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