Scholarship: Ganduje Begins Payment Of N300m To 23,987 Kano Students


By Tokunbo FAKEYE (Abuja)

NIGERIA: THE Kano State Government of Abdullahi Ganduje has commenced the payment of N300 million scholarship allowances to 23,987 students in various universities and other higher institutions in the country.

The Executive Secretary of the State Scholarship Board, Fatima Umar, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Kano.

Umar explained that the payment was part of the debt inherited from the immediate past administration that failed to pay the scholarship allowances from 2011 to 2015.

*Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The Executive Secretary, who stated that the payment was for 2013/14 academic session, disclosed that the board had already paid N360 million outstanding for the 2012/13 academic session to 24,901 students.

Umar stressed that the payment was for the state indigenes studying various programmes in 55 institutions across the country.

“Since 2011 to 2015, the immediate past government did not pay scholarship to our internal students throughout its tenure,” she said, adding: “This had incurred a huge debt over the current administration. We have since begun the payment for the 2012/13 academic session.  We disbursed N360 million to 24,901 students’ then.”

“From today, we are beginning the payment for the 2013/14 academic session. We will disburse N300 million to 23,987 students studying in 55 institutions across the country,” Umar maintained.

She, however, warned that students who failed to access the payment should blame themselves, and that the problem could happen if a student provided wrong account number, failed to issue Bank Verification Number (BVN), and had a dormant account.

The government, she further said, would continue to pay the scholarship as part of efforts to improve the standard of education and that it would also continue to support indigent students to acquire education.

“In the scholarship programme, Ganduje administration has shown more concern than any other administration in the history of Kano,” Umar maintained.

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