Nigerian gets certificate four years after medical study in Egypt

Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday in Abuja presented a degree certificate to Lu’ubatu Aliyu a medical student whose certificate was withheld for failure to pay up her fees.

Mrs Aliyu, a student of Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, was among 23 students awarded scholarship to study medicine by the Isa Yuguda administration in Bauchi State in 2012.

Charge d’Affaires of the Nigerian Embassy in Cairo Bashir Ma’Aji said that Aliyu had finished her studies about four years ago from the Ain Shams University, Cairo.

Mr Ma’Aji explained that her medical certificate was withheld because the succeeding government in Bauchi did not meet her financial obligations.

He disclosed that succour, however, came the way of Aliyu when Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno visited Egypt and offset the fees as a result of the intervention of the Nigerian Embassy in Egypt.

“The governor graciously accepted the appeal of the embassy and sent us a total sum of $8,000 to facilitate the collection of her result,” Ma’Aji said.

Onyeama appreciated Zulum, Ma’Aji and the Nigerian Embassy in Cairo for their intervention.