Gabriel Idibia, Kano
Kano state government has promised that despite the prevailing economic downturn in the country, its commitment to meet its obligation to its students on local and international scholarship would remain firm.
Acting governor of the state, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, who made assertion while receiving a delegation from October 6 University, Cairo, Egypt, led by the Vice Chairman of its board of trustees, Ambassador Kheireldin Abdellatif, said Nigeria is experiencing economic and social challenges which have affected Kano’s fortunes.
Prof. Abubakar, in a statement issued by press secretary Government House Kano, Ameen K. Yassar, said “presently, our country is experiencing economic and social challenges which have affected our fortunes as a state government. However, we are making determined efforts to improve our internally generated revenue, so that we can continue to address development issues, such as our obligation to your institution”.
He explained that because education is a priority of the government, it would ensure that academic activities of its students is not adversely affected, or truncated, by dwindling financial resources.
“We also know the challenge you are facing as an institution, and I want to assure you that we will clear our outstanding issues in terms of finances, regarding our students”, Prof. Hafiz pleaded.
He thanked the university management for showing understanding in respect of tuition and other fees of the 40 medical students on Kano state government scholarship, assuring that the administration would do its best to ensure that they continued to excel morally and academically.
The acting governor also directed the visiting team to dialogue with officials of the state Ministry of Health on how both parties can enter into a MOU on staff exchange and training, stressing that the state government values its strong and cordial relationship with the university.
Vice Chairman of the board of trustees, 6 October University, Ambassador Kheireldin Abdellatif explained that the visit was to build on the existing relationship between his institution and the Kano state government, whose students are currently pursuing degree programmes in medical sciences at the university.
He advised the government to take advantage of the university’s hospital and related medical facilities to train nurses and radiologists, as well as to explore other opportunities being offered by the university for manpower development.