Katsina 2017 Budget: Masari sets aside N400m for payment of ‘foreign’ scholarship
Katsina State government under the leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari has allocated over N4billion for capital under the State’s department of higher education N2.5billion for Ummaru Musa Yar’adua University, N730million for Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, while over N200million is being budgeted for Yusuf Bala Usman College of Legal Studies among other things.
This was disclosed by the Special adviser to the Governor on Higher education -Dr. Badamasi Lawal Charanchi while depending the department’s budget to the Katsina State House Committee on appropriation.
Dr. Badamasi further stated that N400million will be expended on foreign scholarship if approved.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor Ummaru Musa Yar’adua University, Professor Idris Funtua stated that, part of the money allocated for capital project in the university, N150million will be use for road network while N100million will be use for improved water supply in the institution.
It could be recalled that KATSINA POST reported sometimes in the middle of last year that 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 hadresolved 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.