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.