The Kaduna State Government announced that it would introduce a special scholarship scheme for the physically challenged and all other relevant indigents of the state, studying in tertiary institutions.
Speaking to news correspondents in Kaduna on Monday, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Shehu Adamu, said the new scheme would identify students with excellent grades and sponsor them for higher studies.
The commissioner told newsmen that the government would also raise the scholarship grant offered to all categories of students in line with current economic realities. He said:
“What we inherited is a programme that gives N9,000 and N15,000 to arts and science students of tertiary institutions respectively as scholarship annually. We feel that the amount is not good enough considering the current economic realities in the country.”
Dr. Adamu added that the decision of the government was to give equal opportunity to all deserving students including the physically challenged in society.
“After the restructuring, there will be scholarship on merit for the exceptionally brilliant students, a bursary for students from poor backgrounds, and allowances for the physically challenged.
“It is our responsibility to reach out to all our students, irrespective of one’s background; that is what we intend to achieve by restructuring the current scholarship programme, based on the manpower needs of the state.”
He said that the foreign scholarship programme is also being redesigned to address the shortage of female medical doctors in the state.
“The goal is to have enough female medical doctors in all our hospitals before the end of the current administration.”
The Kaduna State Governments have engaged in a lot of projects recently to make life better for its indigents, including: public school free feeding programme which will benefit over 1.8 million children in the State.