Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has approved the sum of $349.150 (equivalent to N151 million) being fees for the 116 students studying in India.
This is in his determination to ensure that the youths benefit from the agenda of the current political dispensation by sponsoring students within and outside the country for the educational development of the state.
The approved money covers tuition fees, accommodations, health insurance, and pocket money for the 2022/2023 Session.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Higher Education, Halima A.B Dikko disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Birnin Kebbi.
According to the statement, the remaining students for MBBS training whose admission was being processed in Egypt and Russian Universities are under the governor’s consideration as soon as the Scholarship Board concludes formalities with the Institutions.
”The Ministry wishes to use this opportunity to inform all that the ongoing ASUU strike is adequately handled by the government.
”As of today, negotiations have reached an advanced and reconcilable stage for all academic activities, to resume in Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero, for the 2023 academic session.
”The Ministry for Higher Education wishes to appreciate the laudable gesture of the Governor for paving the way forward for the youths to prosper intellectually and for his unflinching commitment to youths developments in Kebbi State,” the statement added.
It could be recalled that sometime in December 2021, His Excellency, the Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, approved the sponsorship of 116 Kebbi State Students to study various engineering and paramedical Courses in India.
The student’s academic and extracurricular performance for the past one year was commendable and encouraging.
It was in view of the above and in line with Bagudu’s vision and mission in transforming Higher Education in the state that he granted the approval.
It was also in his determination to ensure that the youths benefit from the agenda of the current political dispensation by sponsoring students within and outside the country for the educational development of the state.