Katsina State government owes about three foreign universities a whopping N650million, it has been learnt.The institutions owed are located in Jordan, Sudan and Niger Republic, with thedebt incurred under the immediate past administration.
The special adviser on higher education, Prof Badamasi Charanchi, said the amount covered the unpaid tuition fees and allowances for 143 students of the state in the various institutions. Charanchi said the students were still studying at higher institutions in said countries, and that state government had resolved to set aside money in the 2017 budget to offset the debt. He however said the state government had henceforth suspended foreign scholarships due to economic realities facing the country, and by extension the state.On activities of his office, Charanchi said about N22.8 million was expended for reconstruction of razed student hostels and staff quarters at the Yusuf Bala UsmanCollege of Remedial and General Studies, Daura.
He also said the sum of N23.2 million was spent for construction of road network at the state-owned Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University.He said government had paid all outstanding scholarship allowances to students studying various courses in higher institutions in the country, which amounted to N569 million. He said the state government had set aside funds in this year’s budget for sponsoring staff under the department to acquire higher education.