KNSG constitutes c’tee to review indigenous, foreign scholarship
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Sunday said his administration has sactioned the constitution of a technical committee to look into the issue of indigenous and foreign scholarships.
Ganduje disclosed this at the convocation Arena, Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil during Student Representatives Week (SRC) Week/launching of almanac of the university.
The governor said the committee will carefully examine the issues surrounding both indigenous and foreign scholarships for the betterment of Kano State students.
According to the governor, his adminstration last year paid over N500 million foreign scholarship backlog inherited from the immidiate past adminstration, making the payment over N4 billion since the inception of the adminstration.
The governor, however, pledged to build a secretariat for the smooth running of the affairs of the students and 5/7 football field and provide a new shuttle vehicle for transportation.
The governor was responding to the demands the students earlier made through the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa.
Ganduje said: “We have a very good vision for education and youth. We have introduced free education to make our population an asset. Kano State has the highest population and by implication the highest number of out-of-school children.
“Based on the intervention programmes we have introduced, the number has dropped.”
“We have, however, introduced a modern system of education to integrate the almajiri system of education. Those children must be taken back to classes.”
Moreover, Governor Ganduje showers praises on Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who he is the vice Chancellor of the university.
He said: “I thank business community particularly Alhaji Aliko Dangote. I don’t have the right words to describe my deep appreciation of his continued contribution to the university.
“He has constructed two demitories one for female and the other for female and 15 3-bedroom houses and will contract 15 foreign professor’s to teach in the university for four year with the possibility of elongating the contract to eight years.”
In his remarks earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Shehu Alhaji Musa, said that the history of the institution will not be complete without the mention of Governor Ganduje.
According to him, there has never been a request that has not been granted by the governor.
Musa said: “All the instituion’s engineering courses have been accredited by Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and 600 lecturers have been employed, which can all be attributed to the adminstration’s continued commitment to uplift the institution to greater heights.”