Sixty students from Imo state are billed to travel to the United States on a six-month internship programme next February. The Special Assistant to Imo State Governor on Youths’ Affairs, Nwabueze Henry, stated this in Abuja weekend while addressing newsmen.
He said the 60 successful candidates would be selected after the ongoing screening of the over 1000 applicants. It is part of Governor Okorocha’s Overseas’ Student Exchange Programme Initiative in the state. It is being done in conjunction with an international organisation, Centre for Energy Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, USA.
“These youths were selected from Imo state higher institutions. While in the US, each will receive $7,000 as pocket expenses through their training. It will expose them to students from other countries. It is hoped that it will create employment opportunities for them after the duration of the internship as the state hopes to attract some foreign investors through the scheme. The next batch will be Imo state higher institution lecturers,” he said.
According to him, the beneficiaries were selected through the recommendation of their respective institutions based on their academic records. The chief consultant of Kwakaf International, an agency that partners the state in the scheme, Raphael Ugbo, said his agency accepted to render its services to the state because of the educational vision of the state governor.
He said, “It is to ensure that youths are developed in all spheres of human endevour so that at the end, they will be good ambassadors of not only the state but Nigeria.” He said Ghana is among West African countries where his agency’s services are being rendered, adding that over 200 youths from three states in Nigeria have benefited from the programme.