Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has approved full scholarships for 195 indigent students of the state at the International Vocational, Training and Entrepreneurship College, IVTEC, Ajase-Ipo.
Speaking during a meeting of IVTEC Board of Trustees on Tuesday in Ilorin, Governor Ahmed said that the beneficiaries would be selected based on World Bank’s database and selection model.
He said that the full scholarship scheme was part of the state’s Youth Employment and Social Support Operation, YESSO, project.
According to him, 13 out of the 195 candidates will also undergo a three-month special certificate programmes which will cost the state government over N17 million.
Mr Ahmed said that other indigenes of the state would also enjoy 75 per cent scholarship covering tuition and training tools when the institution commenced full academic activities on March 1.
Chairman of IVTEC, Abiodun Adimula, had earlier commended Governor Ahmed for setting up the college to address the dearth of professional artisans in the country.
On his part, IVTEC Acting Rector, Ade Somide, said the institution had embarked on training of trainers and expanded its enrolment base to 630 students per session to bring down the cost of training.