- …records less HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger state government has announced that it was spending over N1billion annually on all categories of students in post-primary and tertiary institutions in and outside the state in the last 7 years of the present administration, even as the state government also disclosed that the prevalence rate of the HIV/AIDS in the state has dropped from 6.2 in 2007 to 1.2 in 2012.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Professor Mohammed Kuta Yahaya, who is the chairman of the cabinet committee set up to itemize the intangible achievements of the government in the last 7 years, released the statistics to the state Executive Council at its regular meeting held in Minna, on Tuesday and made available to media on Wednesday, in Minna, the state capital.
Professor Yahaya said of the N1bn, N600m is committed to the payment of WAEC and NECO senior school certificate examination registration fees for all students in public schools, while the balance also goes to the payment of scholarship, allowances and bursaries to students of the state origin in institutions of higher learning within and outside the state.
He however added that the amount does not include the payment of over N45m as fees for students of preliminary studies at the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
According to the Commissioner, the administration has been able to secure accreditation for most of the courses offered by the state-owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, located at Lapai, with the release of over N260m to upgrade its structures and provide equipment, in addition to the regular monthly release of subvention to the institution.