At least 200 students will get the Sokoto State government's scholarship to study medicine and other related courses in India.

It is part of the state government's efforts to encourage indigenes of the state to advance their studies in different institutions of higher learning, an official of the government has said.

Imam Imam, a spokesman for Governor Aminu Tambuwal, announced the government's decision in the state on Sunday.

"Beside this, the state is encouraging its indigenes to advance their studies in institutions of higher learning, within and outside the country, especially in the fields of science and technology," the statement read.

He further quoted the Executive Chairman of the State Scholarship Board, Altine Kajiji, as saying that the state government had paid over 3 billion Naira scholarships to its students from 2015 to date.

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Beneficiaries of the tuition fees and upkeep allowances include students studying in the U.S.A, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Turkey, Sudan, Antigua, Bangladesh, India, Uganda and Niger Republic.

"The scholarship also includes payments to more than 10,000 Sokoto students in public and private schools across Nigeria.

"Most of the tuition fee payments are up to date, especially for our students in Sudan and Niger Republic.

"Efforts have been intensified to make disbursements to students in places where we are not yet up to date in payments."

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"Let me state on record that the scholarship Board is receiving all necessary support for the payment of tuition fees and allowances of our students despite the lean financial resources of the state,” he said.

According to Imam, 37 law graduates of the Nigerian Law School who are indigenes of the state received upkeep allowances to cover the duration of their stay in law schools.

"In addition, their tuition fees were paid in 2016 and each student was also given a laptop to help him or her in the course of his or her study.

"The same arrangement has been concluded for this year’s law graduates who just got admitted into law schools," the statement added. 

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