Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has provided N18 billion in scholarships to a number of students studying abroad, as part of his efforts to ensure that students do not not be sent home for non-payment of tuition fees.
Comrade Muhammad Garba, State Commissioner for Information and Culture, who revealed it on Monday, during an interactive conference, said that most of the students concerned were based in France, Cyprus and Egypt .
He said “the previous government was sending students abroad to take courses that were available and cheaper here.” But the state government could do more than offset the payment
According to him, the state government has nothing against those who take specialized courses which are not available here, adding that it is not appropriate to sponsor a group of students to read the story abroad.
Malam Garba said that “whatever prism you choose to assess the Nigerian university, its standard is higher and recognized worldwide”.
“We have no quarrel if you sponsored students to take aeronautical engineering and other related specialized science courses abroad, but certainly not acceptable if you take them to read computer science or history when such courses are available here.”
He further revealed that he was leading the visit to Cyprus recently where they successfully negotiated a scholarship bill of €5m to €1.5m.
, “We went to Cyprus, to profile their file, to negotiate the fees, from 5 M€ to 1.5 M€. We have agreed on a payment in installments, and so far we have paid 600 million euros”.