Masari approves N416m for scholarship, tuition fees of Katsina foreign students
The Executive Governor of Katsina State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari the Dallatun Katsina, Matawallen Hausa, has given approval for the release of the sum of N416,782,094.9 to the State Scholarship Board for the immediate settlement of the balance of tuition fees, students upkeeps and other allowances of state indigenes studying in Jordan, Niger Republic and Sudan.
The Governor, reiterated his commitment to meet up his earlier promise made to the good people of Katsina State that, his administration will focus more on education as his number one priority. Education according to him is responsible for any meaningful development and under his watch anything humanly possible will be done by his administration to revitalize and reposition the education sector, so that, meaningful achievement could be recorded.
It could be recalled that, the previous Government has sponsored some state indigenes to study abroad, but left office without settling those students 2 years long liabilities as per the sponsorship. This Government deem it necessary to settle those fees, so that the students could concentrate to achieve the desired objectives.
The Secretary of the State Scholarship Board, Alhaji Isa Ahmed highlighted that, the schools and the Countries where those state indigenes are studying include; Jordan, Republic of Sudan and the Niger Republic.
In Jordan a total number of 31 students are studying various courses in Jordan University of Science and Technology.
The balance paid in respect of the students is in the sum of $441,000.
While in the Sudan, a total number of 57 batch 8 students are studying various courses. The schools these students are studying include: –
a) International University of Africa: In this school twenty (20) students are studying there and their final payment is in the tune of USD 145,575. The money was paid to the University.
b) NAHDA College: Twenty nine (29) number students are studying medical courses and their final payment is USD 240,300. The money was also paid into the College Account.
c) Ibn Sina University: This University also has five (5) students studying from Katsina State, the sum of $30,750 was paid for the said 5 students.
d) Another school is National University where only two (2) students are studying and their tuition, summer course allowances and feeding fees were paid in the tune of USD 4,600.
e) The sum of $143,070 was paid for students’ accommodation to the Ramale Academic Educational Services in Sudan for the 57 students.
f) Finally, the sum of USD 2,400 was paid to one A’isha Shuaibu for her return ticket due to her inability to continue with her study in the Nursing Programme.
Alhaji Isa Ahmed also stated that, at Maryam Abacha University in the Niger Republic where Fifty (50) students have graduated with BA French, the total sum of N34 Million was paid to the Institution to offset their liability. The total money paid to the schools in Jordan and the Sudan is in the tune of $1,007,695.00.
The Secretary stressed his utmost sincere gratitude to his Excellency for the continued support and commitment he is given to the Board.
Alhaji Isa Ahmed stated that, despite the current financial predicament, the Governor is not deterred in awarding scholarship to the teaming youth of the state to undergo various courses within and outside the country.