Kano State Government says it has spent over N7 billion to settle the unpaid scholarship of Kano indegent students in various countries from 2015 to 2021.
The Chairman, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, Barr. Muhyi Magaji disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Kano.
Recalls that recently, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has mandated the commission to monitor the process of foreign scholarship programme and its current position.
He said, “You may be aware that the past administration had sponsored Kano State student’s to study in various countries, an initiative which received accolades across the board.
“It is equally the understanding of people that all those sponsored have their tuition, upkeep and other necessary financial needs were settled at the initial stage.
“In contrast, the present Government of Kano State saw the need to involve this agency to supervise, investiga and perhaps take charge of the lingering foreign scholarship crisis which is becoming so worrisome by the day.
“The governor is particularly worried of an unending demand on the issue which based on a lay man ought to have end by now.
“The present administration as of today settled the sum of N7 billion of foreign scholarship programme inherited from various administrations that initiated the programme.
According to him, despite the payment by the government, the students are complaining of being under financial pressure for one reason or the other.
He added that there is no standard mode of financing the programme by the government because at initial stage, the Secretary to the State Government ((SSG’s) office, ministry of higher education and Scholarship board run the programme, therefore it makes it difficult to keep records.
Muhyi explained that, “Consultants were used as intermediaries which made the programme easy to manipulate.
“Allegations exist that fraudulent students are orchestrated by some calling themselves as Consultants and other political gladiators.
“I want to inform you that the commission as an Interim measures has recommended for the payment of some requests in consideration of the condition of students.
“And the government has so far released the sum of N144 million to my office for the settlement of the students’ tuition fees while we continue to unravel the truth.”
According to Magaji, presently over 200 million dollars for the payment of students’ scholarship were stocked in Egypt, saying, “we are doing everything possible to retrieve the fund”.