The Sokoto State Government on Sunday announced plans to sponsor 200 students to pursue various degree programmes in Cyprus and Pakistan.
Gov. Aliyu Wamakko disclosed this in Yabo, in the Yabo Local Government Area of the state where he inaugurated some projects.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the projects were executed by the Old Boys’ Association of the Sarkin Kabi Shehu Model Primary School, Yabo.
Wamakko said the students were expected to depart Sokoto for Cyprus and Pakistan in January 2014.
“The gesture is in addition to the over 1,000 students currently being sponsored by the state government in some universities within and outside the country.
“The gesture is part of our modest efforts to boost the human resources of the state. This is also in the bid to further enhance the development of the state and that of Nigeria, by extension.
“We will continue to accord priority to the education sector and provide equal opportunities for all indigenes to acquire quality education within and outside the country,’’ the governor said.
He commended the members of the association for executing the projects and appealed to others to emulate them.
Wamakko stressed the need for all and sundry to complement government’s efforts in providing a conducive atmosphere for effective teaching and learning.
Alhaji Shehu Shagari, a former President, challenged wealthy individuals to complement government efforts by providing infrastructure in their former schools.
“The responsibility of developing education is not that of the government alone. Hence, the need for people to contribute their quota to the development of the society,” he said.
Shagari, who is also a member of the association, commended his colleagues for providing infrastructure for the school.
The elder statesman also urged other well-to-do individuals in the state to emulate the gesture by the association.
NAN reports that the projects inaugurated by Wamakko included a block of two classrooms, as well as the provision of teaching and learning materials.
SOURCE: News Agency of Nigeria