Kaduna College of Health Technology to award degrees – El-Rufai

Kaduna College of Health Technology to award degrees – El-Rufai

Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State says the Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology, Makarfi, will soon start running specialised health degree programmes.

 

The governor said this on Sunday, at a reception organised by Makarfi community, Makarfi Local Government Area, for five professors from the area.

 

El-Rufai, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Muhammad Shehu, said that the college would offer specialised health degree training, in addition to its existing diploma courses.

 

He stressed that the diploma certificates from the college would be used for direct entry into its degree programmes.

 

He also said that the state government had concluded plans to establish a campus of the State College of Education, Gidan-Waya, in Kudan, as well as a campus of the State University in Lere.

 

He noted that construction of the university’s permanent site had since commenced at Rigacikun, along the Kaduna-Zaria highway.

 

The governor emphasised the need for the youth to acquire additional entrepreneurship skills to complement their diploma and degree certificates, saying that lack of such skills was one the main reasons behind the growing graduate unemployment.

 

El-Rufai reaffirmed the government’s commitment to strengthening skills acquisition centres across the state, in addition to revitalising the state’s scholarship scheme to incorporate special grants for skills acquisition training so as to address youth unemployment in the state.

 

He also said that the state government was collaborating with key stakeholders and international partners to establish more skills acquisition centres in the state, while striving to provide free and quality education in the state.

 

Earlier, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman of the occasion, urged the community to support the younger ones to acquire education, stressing that affluent members of the community should provide scholarships for indigent students.

 

“This (scholarship) is a programme that is better pursued as a community project, not as an individual project, because it has greater chances of outliving us and impacting positively on the lives of our people,” he said.

 

In his address of welcome, Alhaji Mahmud Gazara, Chairman, Organising Committee for the occasion, said Makarfi Local Government Community organised the reception to celebrate excellence, with a view to encouraging the future generation to pursue education.

 

He listed those honoured as Prof. Ahmed-Muhammad Makarfi, a professor of Agricultural Engineering in Bayero University Kano; Prof. Lawal Saidu a professor of Avian Medicine in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and Prof. Yusha’u Ango, a professor of Financial Entrepreneurship in Kaduna State University.

 

Others are Prof. Aliyu Mu’azu a professor of Hausa Culture in Bayero University Kano, and Prof. Yahaya Makarfi a professor of Quantity Survey in Ahmadu Bello University.

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