In fulfilling its promise the Ma’ajin Watari Foundation has made provision for the sponsorship of 100 girls from the senior secondary school level to the completion of their university (medical) training.
Investigation revealed that already, the Kano state Science and Technical School Board has dedicated a class in each of the Girls Science College, Garko, Girls Science and Technical School Kofar Nassarawa Kano, for the project. Whereas the latter will take its students from the eight metropolitan local governments, the former will accommodate the rest of the 36 local councils.
A former head of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Alhaji Abba Ahmed, who is the present Ma’ajin Watari and District head of Kano in Kano, said he is doing this through his Ma’ajin Watari Foundation to address the acute shortage of female medical doctors in the state. We intend to start with 100 students of SS I up to SS III.
According to him, “the idea of this project came to me as a result of the public outcry that most of the doctors who examine our women even in gynecology cases are men, which is bad, as it given room for all sorts of unpleasant possibilities.
“That is why we began this as a pilot project where we will sponsor 100 girls from the senior secondary level to the completion of the medical course. We intend to sponsor 50 female students annually,” he averred.
The traditional title holder further revealed that through the selection criteria rests with the state Ministry of Education, he had made it clear that only brilliant and indigent girls will benefit from the scheme.
“we have already set aside some estates whose proceeds will be used in founding this project” he said “I have also told my family not to tamper with the arrangement even on my demise, so as to bequeath a legacy to our progeny yet unborn.