459 Kano students, who are on the state government scholarship studying in six countries abroad, have every reason to smile as the Kano State Executive Council has approved N115, 400, 477 for the payment of their upkeep and other allowances for three months.
The students under the state scholarship scheme are pursuing various post graduate and under graduate programmes in universities in China, India, Cyprus, Egypt, Uganda and Sudan.
While briefing newsmen on the outcome of the 52nd State weekly Executive Council meeting, held at the Aminu Kano Lodge, Abuja, the state Commissioner for Information, Comrade Muhammad Garba, disclosed that the council also consented to the 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.
Garba also disclosed that the council approved 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.
Furthermore, the sum of 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 51 courses, 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 the establishment of a model fire service station at Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi market.
Recall that, the Kano State Government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in a move to reduce unemployment and youth restiveness in the state, has this month sponsored 72 youths to undergo training in various fields of automobile engineering at the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria learning centre in Kaduna.
Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje while on a special visit to the training centre praised the trainees for being good ambassadors of the state, promised to commence training of females in automobile engineering and gave the trainees assurance of getting adequately established after their graduation.