From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Kano State government said it has spent the sum of N9.3 billion on overseas scholarships for 2,500 indigenous students in the past three years.
Executive Secretary, Kano State Scholarships Board, Engr. Usman Sule Riruwai, made the disclosure at a press conference held in his office yesterday.
He stated that the amount was paid for the students to study various courses in different universities in fifteen countries across the globe.
According to him, the first batch of 500 students have already graduated from their respective universities, adding that some of them have been retained for another scholarship to study PhD by the institutions, while others have been employed.
He assured that the feat would contribute towards addressing the issue of manpower in the state, noting that the state would have about 300 professionals in key sectors, especially the health sector in the next few years.
“To this effect, let me inform you that the state government has spent the sum of $50 million, equivalent to N9.3 billion on overseas scholarships. The first batch of 500 students has already graduated from their different institutions. Some of them have been retained for scholarships to study Ph.D, while others have been employed.” He said.
He continued “This development would go a long way in addressing the issue of manpower in the key sectors in the state. We would have about 300 professionals in various sectors, especially health sector in the next coming years. We would have qualified doctors, pharmacists, nurses and engineers in the next few years. This mean Kano would be even exporting professionals across the nation and the world.”
However, Ruruwai further revealed that the state government has also spent the sum of N1.45 billion to sponsor 90,300 indigenous students to study in 52 universities and colleges across Nigeria.
He added that the state government has also approved the payment of N492, 962,880 scholarship allowances to 23,685 qualified students for 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, stressing however that the payment would be effected from yesterday (Wednesday).
The Executive Secretary noted that the unprecedented feat was achieved, courtesy of Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s huge priority in education to which the state has stood to benefit perpetually.