Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has taken steps to ensure that 66 Zamfara students evacuated recently from Sudan continue their studies.
The students were on government scholarship before their evacuation from Sudan due to the ongoing war in that country.
A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, on Wednesday, noted that the Commissioner for Education briefed members of the State Executive Council on government’s intervention in the matter.
The Commissioner said that 14 out of the 66 students who were studying Nursing could not take their final examinations due to the war in Sudan.
The statement said, “last month, Governor Dauda Lawal authorised the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology to make arrangements with the Sudanese university management to conduct exams for 14 Zamfara students, to be held in Nigeria, which is not among the four designated examination centres of the University across the world.
“The state government requested the approval of Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, to use their facilities for the examination.”
The statement said: “The Zamfara state government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Dauda Lawal, displayed exemplary compassion by covering the flight expenses, accommodation and feeding of three examiners from Sudan University who came to Nigeria for the examinations.
“This gesture exemplifies government’s commitment to supporting education and creating a conducive environment for learning.
“The Zamfara State government transported and accommodated 14 students from Gusau to Sokoto, where they took their final examinations from September 23rd to September 30th, 2023.
“Moreover, the government is arranging full scholarships for the remaining 52 students to complete their studies at various universities in Nigeria.
“The Ministry of Education has already collected the names of 30 students out of the 52 who have completed their documentation with the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja.
“The documentation is required for their placement in Nigerian universities.
“Once all documentation is completed, the Ministry will facilitate the placement of the remaining 12 students.”