The Kano State government has approved N764 million as payment of scholarships for Kano students studying abroad and within the state.
The Kano State Executive Council (SEC) meeting has approved N764 million for the payment of outstanding allowances and tuition fees of its indigent students studying abroad and in Nigeria as well as for the accreditation of 51 programmes run by the state polytechnic.Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
The Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, disclosed this today in Abuja while briefing journalists on the outcome of the 52nd SEC meeting which was held in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Information Commissioner, who later gave the breakdown of the funds, said the governor directed the remaining commissioners and other members of SEC, who were in Kano to join them in Abuja since he had not missed the meeting since he was inaugurated as governor.
He said the SEC meeting, which focused on education, approved the payment of allowances, totalling N115,400,477.6 to Kano state sponsored 445 overseas undergraduate students for three months, starting from January to March.
The beneficiaries include 18 students in four universities in China, 50 students in one university in Cyprus, 175 in two universities in Egypt, one in Uganda, 103 in four universities in Sudan and 98 students in 5 universities in India.
Malam Garba, who briefed newsmen in company of the Director-General, Media and Communications, Salihu Tanko Yakasai and the Executive Secretary, Kano state Pilgrims Welfare Board, Malam Abba Yakubu, said the SEC further approved the payment of another balance of N138,574,440 school fees for 89 sponsored Pilot trainees at MIDEAST Aviation Academy, Jordan.
He added that the SEC approved the payment of N389,300,000.00 outstanding fees (liability) inherited from the immediate past administration for 377 undergraduate students of Bells University, Ota, covering years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The Information Commissioner also stated that the meeting approved the payment of N120,000,000.00 liability for the impending accreditation visitation exercise by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for all the 51 programmes [National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND)] being run by Kano State Polytechnic.
He said the governor had directed the Ministry of Finance and the office of the Accountant General to ensure immediate release of all the outstanding liabilities, stating that the decision is necessary to ensure “transparency and accountability”.
He recalled that the government had already paid over N1 billion as tuition fees to various foreign and private universities in Nigeria.
On the continuity of the scholarship programme, he said though the government would proceed with the programme, the policy would be changed with an emphasis on the need to enhance the two state owned universities; University of Science and Technology and North-West Unversity.
Malam Garba said students would now be sponsored abroad for critical courses which are lacking in Nigeria, stating that “it does not make sense to study Computer Science abroad when it is available in the Nigerian universities”.
He said the Kano state government had been facing challenges in the payment of tuition fees and allowances of 5,550 foreign students who were inherited from the past administration.