By Bashir Mohammed
Kano state government has commenced payment of the sum of N300 million scholarship grant to 23,987 students to enable them pursue various academic courses in Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions.
This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary, Kano state Scholarship Board, Prof Fatima Umar, at a press conference in her office yesterday.
She said the payment was part of a colossal debt incurred by the present administration from the immediate past government that failed to pay the scholarships from 2011 to 2015.
According to her, the payment was for 2013/14 academic session, adding that the board had already paid the sum of N360 million debt for the 2012/13 academic session to 24,901 students.
She explained that the payment was for the Kano indigenes studying various programmes in 55 institutions across the country.
“When we came on board, we found that the scholarship was not paid throughout the last administration, we contacted Ganduje. He then vowed to pay all the debts and continue to pay the fresh one.
“We had since begun the payment for the 2012/13 academic session. We disbursed N360 million to 24,901 students then.
“Now, from today, we are beginning the payment for the 2013/14 academic session. We will disburse the sum of N300 million to 23,987 students studying in 55 institutions in the country,” she said