Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State has announced the reinstatement of the bonding agreement for medical students at the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University.
Under this renewed agreement, the state government will provide monthly allowances of ₦103,000 to all medical students at the institution until their graduation.
However, this financial support comes with a condition – the students must serve the state for a mandatory period of not less than two years before deciding on their future career paths. The binding agreement was originally introduced during the administration of Gabriel Suswam but had been discontinued during Samuel Ortom’s government.
Governor Alia hopes that this move will encourage medical professionals from Benue who have left the state in search of better opportunities to return. He emphasized his commitment to supporting the state-owned university and achieving the objectives of his administration’s policies.
Additionally, Governor Alia announced an increase in the admission quota for the MBBS program at the institution from 75 to 150 students. This expansion is attributed to the outstanding medical facilities and high-quality doctors produced by the university.