UYO – Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has approved N250 million grant to students of the state origin studying Medicine and Surgery in universities across the country.
Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, said this in Uyo while taking stock of recent government activities adding that the grant was approved for medical students for the 2009/2010 session.
With the new review package, which came into effect from the 2007/2008 session, pre-clinical students now receive a grant of N100,000 against the former N30,000, while clinical students now receive N200,000 against the former N50,000.
For the 2009/2010 session, more than 500 pre-clinical and 900 clinical students are to benefit from the grant. The University of Calabar has the highest number of recipients, with 557 students; University of Uyo, 312; Igbinedion University,144; and University of Port Harcourt,130. Others are: Madonna University, 92; University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 55; University of Jos, 43; and Obafemi Awolowo University, 28.