Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State has reinstated the bonding agreement for medical students at the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University. This decision was made public during the 9th Professional Induction and Admission Ceremony for the 2023 Graduating Doctors of the college, which took place in Makurdi on Monday.
As part of this renewed bonding arrangement, the state government has committed to providing monthly allowances of ₦103,000 to all medical students at the institution until they complete their education. However, this financial support comes with a condition: the students are required to serve the state for a mandatory period of no less than two years before they can make decisions about their future career paths.
Originally introduced during the administration of Gabriel Suswam, the bonding agreement had been discontinued during Samuel Ortom’s tenure as governor. This discontinuation had led to a continuous outflow of graduates seeking better opportunities outside the state.
During his announcement, Governor Alia encouraged medical professionals from Benue who had left the state in search of better prospects to return, assuring them of improved opportunities within Benue. He reiterated his commitment to supporting the state-owned university and achieving the clear objectives outlined in his administration’s policy statements.
Governor Alia praised the visionary founding fathers and dedicated staff of the university’s Medical School, recognizing their unwavering commitment to building the institution from its inception to its current status, despite facing numerous challenges.
Furthermore, Governor Alia commended the medical graduates of the institution for their remarkable contributions to the global healthcare sector. He also disclosed an increase in the admission quota for the MBBS program, raising it from 75 to 150 students, attributing this expansion to the institution’s exceptional medical facilities and its track record of producing high-quality doctors.
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