Gov Kwankwaso Spends N2.8B on Foriegn Scholarship for 502 Students
Kano state government is spending over N2.8 billion to send the second batch of 502 of its students for Master’s and Doctoral degrees aboard, the state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has revealed.
The governor, who made disclosure during a send forth ceremony organized for the students at the Government House in Kano (Thursday), explained that all of the 501 students sponsored under the first batch of the foreign scholarship scheme will be successfully graduating by September, 2014.
“It is pertinent at this point to inform you that some those postgraduate students have already secured employment with reputable organizations aboard and some have been upgraded for their PhD”, the governor enthused.
In addition to those on foreign postgraduate scholarships totaling 2,000 presently, he stated that the government is also spending billions of Naira in local undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships covering thousands of students.
Specifically, Governor Kwankwaso said the goal of the offering the postgraduate scholarships is to provide manpower for the two state-owned universities and other 21 specialized institutes established by the government, as well as other tertiary institutes in the state.
On the free education policy of the government, Kwankwaso affirmed that it was premised on the administration’s resolve to drive a knowledge based economy that will be a pride of all citizens.
Turning to the students that benefitted from the foreign scholarships, the governor charged them to be good ambassadors of the state and the country as a whole by being morally and academically sound, assuring that their performance will be closely monitored to ensure that the investment does not go in vain.
Niger state governor, represented by the state Commissioner for Education Alhaji Danladi Umar Abdulhamid, described the Kwankwaso initiative as a shining example of how Northern state governors can use resources at their disposal to exploit the abundant human resources in the region for sustained progress.
Two former deputy governors of Kano state, Engr. Magaji Abdullahi and Alhaji Abdullahi T. M. Gwarzo, in their sepearte speeches, praised governor Kwankwaso for his foresight and determination in initiating the overseas postgraduate scholarship scheme, expressing confidence that will go a long way in addressing the manpower needs of the state.
Others that spoke during the occassion include the representative of representative of the Emir of Kano, the Dangoriba of Kano, Alhaji Ado Kurawa representative of Indian High Commission in Nigeria, Mr. B. Prasad, the registrar Jigawa State University, Muhammad D. Nasir, parents and representatives of students that benefitted from the foreign scholarship scheme.