Saturday 24th June, 2017
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Kwankwaso didn't pay our children's fees - Parents

Kwankwaso didn't pay our children's fees - Parents

Parents of Kano State indigenes studying abroad under the scholarship scheme of the state government have ac­cused the immediate-past administration of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of not only abandoning their children but also re­fused to pay their tuition fees and other allowances.
Speaking during a re­ception held in the honour of 154 fresh graduates who were sponsored by the state government to study in India, Spokesman of the parents, Muhammad Mustapha, thanked Gov Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for coming to their res­cue, adding that Kwank­waso’s lackadaisical atti­tude towards the students almost frustrated their programmes. Speaking during the occasion, Gov Ganduje revealed that Kano State Government last year paid N2.7 bil­lion for the tuition and other fees of her foreign students. This is in spite of the economic reces­sion being experienced in Nigeria, resulting in some states recalling back their students on government scholarship abroad. He reassured that because of the importance his ad­ministration attaches to education, scholarship would be maintained for all current govern­ment sponsored students overseas till their gradu­ation. Gov Ganduje, who lamented that the federal allocation coming to the state has dropped by two-third, pointed out that he and all political appoin­tees in the state are on half salaries and allowances in order to save money to address issues in critical sectors like education.
“Therefore, this admin­istration would do all it can to sustain and finance the foreign based students to complete their studies by efficiently managing the little we receive form the federation account as well as money accruing from internal revenue,” he stated.
Gov Ganduje advised the graduates and other students on the state gov­ernment scholarship not allow mischievous politi­cians to use them against his administration by giv­ing political tone to the is­sue of foreign scholarship.

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