President Muhammadu Buhari has said that no fewer than 790 scholarships are awarded to brilliant needy boys and girls by the 15 ECOWAS countries in the last one year.

Buhari, who is current Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, said this at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Represented by Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Abubakar, Buhari shared the interventions, accomplishments and challenges of the 15-Member States.

He said with the scholarships, girls were now increasingly subscribing to scientific and technical subjects, such as agricultural research, biotechnology, molecular biology, mechanics, civil engineering and other technical and vocational courses hitherto dominated by boys.

Buhari said the sub-region was in full expansion and resolutely committed to a successful integration of its peoples through ECOWAS Commission.