The Bauchi state governor, Isa Yuguda, said his administration has trained more than 3,000 students home and abroad on scholarship since assumption of office in 2007.
Mr. Yuguda also revealed that the Bauchi state government under his watch expended N500 million annually on training of science students from the state.
Mr. Yuguda stated this through his Commissioner of Education, Ibrahim Aminu, on Saturday during the formal inauguration of newly elected officials of National Association of Political Science Students, NAPSS, at the University of Jos, Plateau State.
He disclosed that the benefiting students of the scholarship scheme cut across all citizens living in the state.
According to him, the Bauchi state government had abolished indigeneship law in the state, therefore all citizens in the state were treated on equal basis.
Mr. Yuguda used called on the federal government to make education free and compulsory in Nigeria to all citizens, stressing that education was a right, not a privileged.
Governor Yuguda charged the students to study hard so as to become change agents in the society in the nearest future.
On his part, the newly inaugurated national president, NAPSS, Ogene Jude, a 300 level student from the University of Jos, shortly after taking oath of office, said he will use his position to sensitize Nigerian students and the entire Nigerian youth on how to manage new political trends in politics.
Mr. Jude, who represents entire the political science students from 59 universities, 34 Colleges of Education and Polytechnics in Nigeria, expressed disappoints with Nigerian youth who allegedly purchased forms for aspirants contesting various elective political offices in the 2015 elections.
“It rather unfortunate for our youth to be engaged in such acts,” he said. “For me, I believe it is mere propaganda, but if it is true I want to say it’s out of ignorance. How can the youth who are wallowing in abject poverty use such huge amounts of money to buy form for someone who is on salary, collect allocation for constituency projects?”
Mr. Ogene called on elected political office holders to uphold their oath of office for good governance to strive.
The event witnessed the presentation of awards to some elected Nigerians including Governor, Isa Yuguda.