The Chairman, Yobe State Scholarship Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Toshia, said on Friday that the state government spent N650 million as scholarships on 9,000 students in the last two years.
Toshia, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, said the beneficiaries were students in various tertiary institutions in the country and abroad.
“In 2013, Yobe State Government paid N86.4 million as scholarship funding to 3,253 students within the country and N235.4 million to 89 students abroad out of which 12 were medical students.
“Government also paid N63 million for the training of four helicopter pilots, N32.1 million for 52 law students and N14.3 million for special courses to 88 students studying Arabic and French.
“This year, government paid N153 million to 5,446 students in various institutions across the country.
“It also paid N53.6 million to 17 students in tertiary institutions in Europe, Asia and African countries out of which six are doctorate degree students,’’ he said.
He said that most of the overseas students were studying engineering, medicine, aero-space engineering, environmental management and other sciences.
He said the state government was committed to the payment of the scholarship allowances to ensure that beneficiaries were encouraged to do well in their studies.
“We urge the students to be committed to their studies to justify government’s investment in their educational pursuit.
“It is our hope that the students will concentrate on their and contribute to the development of the state after their graduation,’’ he said.