Kano approves N115m for upkeep of students abroad

Acheme Jack, Kano

Kano state government north western Nigeria has approved the sum of N115, 400, 477.6 for payment of upkeep and other allowances for 459 students of the state studying in six countries across the world.

The students are on the state government scholarship, pursuing various post graduate and under graduate programmes in universities in China, India, Cyprus, Egypt, Uganda and Sudan.

The state Commissioner for Information, Comrade Muhammad Garba disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the 52nd State weekly Executive Council meeting.

He stated that the council also consented to release N138 million for the settlement of outstanding school fees in respect of 89 students sponsored by the immediate past administration in the state, at Mideast Aviation Academy, Jordan.

Also approved, according to Comrade Garba, is the sum of N389. 3 million, for 377 state sponsored students at Bells University of Technology Otta, Ogun state for 2014 -2015 and 2015 – 2016 academic sessions.

Comrade Muhammad Garba further stated N120 million would be released to the Kano Polytechnic for accreditation and visitation by the National Board of Technical Education. The exercise will facilitate accreditation of the institution’s 51courses, which were not certified since 2012.

Other funds approved at the meeting are N12.9 million for continuation of HIV/AIDS services programme in the state by Family Health International and N28, 025, 347 for establishment of a model fire service station at Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi market.