The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has urged parents whose children are on government scholarships abroad to help them financially in view of the present financial position of the state, promising that the state government would continue to make determined efforts to revive its bursary scheme.
This was a reaction to protests over non-payment of scholarship and bursary allowances to students on the state government’s scholarships.
Ganduje however clarified that the state government did not offer scholarships to any of its students studying in public schools in the country in the last four years.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Director-General, Media and Communications, Kano Government House, Salihu Yakasai.
According to him, right from the 2012 academic session, thousands of bonafide Kano students whose bursaries now run into billions of Naira have not been settled by the immediate past administration in the state.
Ganduje stressed that his administration was doing all it can to ensure that the students are paid as soon as possible.”
His words ”My government inherited huge liability of unpaid bursaries and other fees, on students from the state in overseas institutions, assuring that efforts are being made to settle the debt gradually, so that their academic pursuit is not disrupt”
Ganduje noted that in an effort to widen access to education and to ensure a well-informed society, his administration introduced Education Promotion Committees at state and local government levels.
He then disclosed that because of this initiative, community participation in reviving education at public schools is so far encouraging.
“This present administration,” Ganduje said “is committed to transforming the state by revolutionizing Internally Generated Revenue as well as making huge investments in infrastructure, agriculture, health, job creation and sanitation, despite financial challenges.”
The Governor therefore called for the continued support of the teeming masses of the state, to enable the administration attain maximum success.