Kano State Government has spent over N600 million on its ongoing programme of join tuition free post graduate scholarship between the State and French Embassy in Nigeria.
This covers four batches of Kano indigenes merely lecturers from the State's tertiary institutions sponsored under the agreement.
The State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made this known while presenting travelling documents to the 4th batch beneficiaries of the Programme who had being selected from the State's tertiary institutions in his Office.
Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna explained that the Programme was initiated to among other things support teaching in the State tertiary educational institutions.
The Governor revealed that the present administration is spending a lot of resources to ensure that it's serving lecturers get the best of training required to improve their performance.
" under this programme, a lot of money has been spent based on 60%/40% agreement where French Government used to take 60% while Kano State Government takes 40% to ensure that our lecturers from tertiary institutions get the best training. So far, with this batch, by the time everything is been paid, over N600 million has been spent on the Programme " he disclosed.
Dr. Ganduje said under the Programme, all the candidates had been admitted in to the top ranking best Universities in French and by implications in Europe, which according to him, would certainly benefit the State in a couple of years.
He commended the Heads of the various State's tertiary institutions for their commitment towards ensuring that education and other development activities in the State are giving all the necessary attention and fairness.
" We usually mention how our Students emerged best Students when they go for this programme, I think, we have to give this credit to you, why I said this, is because of the transference nature and prudent that is being used in terms of selecting these Students " Said Ganduje.
To the Students, Governor Ganduje urged them to put in their best to make not only the State but the Country proud of their performance while in the Universities.
In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancelor Kano University of Technology Professor Shehu Musa Alhaji maintained that the choice of the Students had been carefully done based on merit, stressing that..." so far the first, the second and third sets of the Students that have been sent from Kano had made the State proud ".
Prof. Shehu Musa further thanked Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje for supporting the Programme and identifying with tertiary institutions in Kano, assuring that they would continue to remain grateful to his administration for making Kano better.
Speaking, one of the beneficiary Mustapha Sani Musa from Kano University of Technology promised to represent the good people of Kano and perform above the expectations during the cause of their studies.
" I want to express our esteemed appreciation to all people that have contributed in one way or the other in giving us yet another opportunity to acquire further training which will be of great benefit to our dear State " he acknowledged.
Hassan Musa Gauge
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor