By Sam Egwu, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has offered to foot the bills of 25 medical students of Kogi State University (KSU) Anyigba who would be proceeding to complete their studies in three selected universities across the country.
The decision to send out the students, whose studies have been stagnated in the last two years due to lack of accreditation of Kogi State University school of health sciences, was to enable government find lasting solution to the challenges facing the institution.
A statement signed by director general of media and publicity to the governor, Kingsely Fanwo, noted that Bello announced the award of scholarship to the students yesterday when he received the students and members of the University management who came on a courtesy visit before departing for clinical studies in their adopted institutions.
The governor, according to his media aide, enjoined them to do the state proud by ensuring excellent outing in their studies, assuring that his administration is committed to safeguarding the future of the youths and children of the state.
He disclosed that this would be the last time medical students from the state university would be transferred to other institutions so as to enable them complete their studies, assuring that plans are on to ensure that the school achieves successful accreditation.
While assuring of his administration’s vision to transform the state to its full potential, Governor Bello said, “This administration is vigorously pursuing the rebirth of the state. I pray that God opens the eyes of our detractors to appreciate how we are taking bold steps to right the wrongs of the past”.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the state university, Professor Muhammed Abdulkadir, explained that the school was compelled to take the step in order not to ruin the dreams and hopes of the students who he said had their studies stalled in the last two years.
He said the 25 students will be re- admitted into the following institutions: University of Ilorin, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto and Ebonyi State University.
The VC lauded the support the school has enjoyed from the state government in ensuring the success of the partnership.
Visibly excited that their dreams of becoming medical doctors didn’t end as mere illusion, one of the students, Olugbemiro Bolarinwa, described the gesture by the governor as an indelible impression that they will continue to treasure for the rest of their lives.
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