BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government has announced scholarship opportunities for qualified candidates to study Medicine, Nursing and Health Technology-related courses in foreign universities.
Prof. Andrew Nok, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology who disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, said that the measure was to bridge the manpower gap in the health sector.
Prof. Nok said that to participate in the scholarship examination and selection interview, applicants must be residents of Kaduna State, adding, however, that priority would be given to candidates from indigent families.
“Applicants must be between the ages 17 and 20 and must also possess a minimum of six distinctions in science subjects in Senior Secondary School Examination (WAEC or NECO).
“The certificate should not be more than two years old, that is, it must have been obtained between 2015 and 2016.”
He explained that the scholarship would cover tuition fees and up-keep.
The commissioner said that the application form could be accessed online at www.kadunascholarship.com.ng
He said that after completing the form, candidates should attach WAEC or NECO certificate, birth certificate or declaration of age, letter of identification from local government of residence and passport photograph.
“Thereafter, the applicant should submit and print a copy. The date and venue of the aptitude test and interview will be announced later.”
According to him, there are currently over 100 beneficiaries of the state government’s foreign scholarship scheme.
He said that some were on PhD, Msc programmes as well as Medicine and other related courses in Malaysia, Uganda, Turkey, South Africa and Cyprus.
He said that the students were doing very well, adding “we are getting value for our investment.”
“In fact one Mustapha Isa who went to study Msc Physics, at Universiti of Teknologi Malaysia emerged the best Post Graduate Students, Faculty of Science in 2016.
“Also, Isah Sani Burning Gwari who went to same university bagged the best student award in Msc Computer science in 2017.