Kano state Executive Council has approved N115,400,477.6 for payment of upkeep and other allowances, for three months, in respect of 459 indigent students of the state, who are studying in six foreign countries. This was contained in a release issued recently by Salihu Tanko Yakasai, Director-General, Media and Communications, Government House, Kano.
The students, who are on the state government’s scholarship, are pursuing various post-graduate and undergraduate programmes in universities in China, India, Cyprus, Egypt, Uganda and Sudan.
State Commissioner for Information, Comrade Muhammad Garba, disclosed this, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the 52nd State weekly Executive Council meeting held at the Aminu Kano Lodge, Abuja.
He stated that the council also consented to release of 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 that N120 million would be released to the Kano Polytechnic for accreditation and visitation by the National Board for Technical Education. “The exercise will facilitate accreditation of the institution’s 51courses, which were not certified since 2012.”
Other funds approved at the 52nd was 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.