Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State has approved the payment of more than N172.5 million as bursary for 34 indigenes of the state undergoing various medical programmes in the U.K. this was disclosed on wednesday in a statement signed by Malam Isa Abubakar, the board’s Information Officer.

According to the statement, the students are currently studying at the University of East London, University of Sussex, London Metropolitan University, Queen Mary University and the South Bank University .

Kalgo explained that the money, meant for the 2011 / 2012 academic session, would be used for the payment of tuition, registration and maintenance, noting that the bursary would further uplift the standard of higher education in the state.

He said the gesture was part of the state government’s drive to develop and provide qualified manpower, particularly in the area of Sciences and Technology .

The chairman said the government was also sponsoring eight indigenes of the state for courses relating to Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Engineering at the Petroleum Training Institute at Effurun in Delta.

Another batch of students had been sent for training in Aerospace Surveys at RECTAS in Ile-Ife , Osun, for National and Higher National Diplomas in geo-information and surveying, he added.

Kalgo assured Sokoto State students in tertiary institutions within and outside Nigeria of the state government’s commitment to providing the necessary support and assistance for them to realise their academic dreams.

He called on the students to reciprocate the good gesture by being dedicated to their studies .