Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has released the sum of N209,596,633.00 and N48,220,002.00 for the payment of outstanding tuition and maintenance fees of 37 and 6 scholarship students studying at two Egyptian Universities, Mansoura University and October 6 University.
Recalled that some students of Kano State on scholarships in foreign universities had sent a Save Our Soul, SOS, letter to Mr. Ganduje over his inability to settle their outstanding tuition and maintenance fees.
After a deafening silence by the governor, the students wrote an apology letter, regretting their action.
Disclosing the release of the fund, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, in a statement on Thursday, said Mr. Ganduje had pardoned the students for their media protests over their plight.
According to the statement, the governor pledged an upward review of student scholarship allowances in improving the wellbeing of Kano students on scholarship, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement read: “Despite there being delved into politics, sometimes last year, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, applied large heart and pardoned the 37 students and releases the sum of N209,596,633.00 for the payment of their outstanding tuition and maintenance fees.
“Not only Mansoura University students, but governor Ganduje also released the sum of N48,220,002.00, being outstanding tuition and maintenance fees in respect of 6 sponsored students of October 6 University, Egypt. Making the total sum of N257,812,635.00 for the students of these two Egyptian universities.
“To also ameliorate the suffering internal students may face after COVID-19, governor Ganduje pledged an upward review of students scholarship allowances.
“An exercise that eluded the state for the past 15 years. Part of the process in making all the necessary preparations for smooth payment of allowances the State Scholarship Board has since ordered for the sale of Scratch Card, which shows that time would not be wasted when schools reopened,” the statement added.