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Ganduje spends N4.3 billion on foreign scholarship in two years

Ganduje spends N4.3 billion on foreign scholarship in two years

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Wednes­day hinted that his admin­istration has spent over N4. 3 billion on sponsoring stu­dents overseas to bag degrees, masters and PH.d in differ­ent disciplines in the last two years.
Ganduje who stated this during the presentation of scholarship awards to nine indigenes of the state, to study for degree programme at Al-Azhar University Cai­ro, and 10 Imams for a two-month capacity building programme, by the Egyptian government, added that de­spite the high cost, his gov­ernment will continue to help Kano citizens acquire quality education.
According to him, “this amount is enough to build a new university or to complete several projects in our Maita­ma Sule University.”
He further stated that what the government was spending on each of the students on the foreign scholarship could be used to finance the education of at least 30 students attend­ing tertiary institutions lo­cally.
Governor Ganduje ex­plained that despite this ef­fort to sustain the foreign scholarship scheme, some of the students are taking the scheme for granted, lament­ing that while some stay away from lectures, others engage in lawlessness.
“For instance some of our students in one country do not attend lectures. Their scores were very low. It was recommended by their uni­versity that we should pay for their studies for an addition­al year. However, there was doubt that they will be able to pass at the end of the addi­tional year. So we decided to return them back home after consultation with their par­ents,” he stated.
He also revealed that some of the students in the same institution went to the extent of assaulting their lecture, stressing that the govern­ment would not tolerate in­discipline, breach of the law and waste of public funds on those who would not appre­ciate the privilege of being sponsored to study aboard.
“However, some people are politicizing the whole issue. We learnt that some crooks visited them and told them not to return. Well, they can go ahead and sponsor them or their parents can pay for their studies if they so wish”, Governor Ganduje remarked.
The governor then thanked the Egyptian government for sponsoring students and Imams on capacity building, stressing that the move would go a long way in strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and Egypt.
In his speech, the Cultur­al Attaché, Egyptian Embassy in Nigeria, Dr. Ibrahim Ibra­him explained that the total scholarship awarded to nine Kano students was part of the contribution of his country to improve he education sec­tor of Nigerian, adding that the number of beneficiaries would be increased gradually.
He stated that the capaci­ty building programme for Imams and Islamic scholars was meant to expand their in­tellectual horizon so that they can impart Islamic knowl­edge more efficiently in the society.

 

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