Gabriel Idibia, Kano
Kano state government has said it will soon commence payment, to clear backlog, of five years outstanding students’ scholarship.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who disclosed this in Kano, said that scholarships to students from the state, running into billions, have remained unpaid since 2012.
According to him, thousands of bonafide Kano students whose bursaries now run into billions of Naira were not been settled by the immediate past administration of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
A statement signed by Director – General, Media and Communications at Government House, Kano, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, quoted the governor as disclosing these while receiving the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II , during the traditional Hawan Nassarawa homage to mark the end of Ramadan fast, at the Government House in Kano.
He said the governor assured that his administration is doing all it can to ensure that the students are paid as soon as possible.
He further stated that his government inherited huge liability of unpaid bursaries and other fees, on students from the state in overseas institutions, assuring that efforts are being made to settle the debt gradually, so that their academic pursuit is not disrupted.
The governor, however, advised that because of the present financial position of the state government, parents whose children are studying abroad should endeavor to assist their children within limits of their means, assuring that the government would continue to make determined efforts to revive its bursary scheme.
In a bid to widen access to education and to ensure a well-informed society, Governor Ganduje explained said his administration introduced Education Promotion Committees at state and local government levels, pointing out that because of this initiative, community participation in reviving education at public schools is so far encouraging.
Governor Ganduje, who dwelt extensively on efforts of his administration to transform the state through revolutionizing Internally Generated Revenue as well as making huge investments in infrastructure, agriculture, health, job creation and sanitation, despite financial challenges, requested the continued support of the people to attain maximum success.
On his part, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi, who acknowledged the achievements of the government, despite the present economic situation in the country, stressed the need for public enlightenment on the need to support the administration to achieve its mission and vision.
He also reminded the well to do in the society to assist the needy especially in the prevailing difficult times, to attain Allah’s pleasure, and stressed the need for youth to take advantage of the government numerous skills acquisition programmes to improve their lot.
The Emir also urged the people to place more premium on education, especially girl-child education, in view of its importance, adding that they should also be mindful of the sanitation of their environment, to avoid outbreak of diseases.