The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Friday said the state government would review its foreign scholarship programme.
The governor said the review became imperative after acquiring a liability of N2.6 billion in fees and bursary, saying scholarship would now be awarded for highly skilled courses.
“I assure you that our foreign scholarship will extremely depend on the demand of manpower.
“We will send people abroad for only highly skilled courses, otherwise we do not need to send students abroad for conventional courses like International Relations, Geography and History.
“What we have discovered is that some of the courses that are being undertaken abroad are not necessary because such courses exist here in Nigeria with much lower costs,” he told reporters at the presidential villa after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We are reforming the whole system so that we will make it more realistic. It is one thing to send those students abroad, it is another thing to get optimum benefit from what we are doing.
“Our internal students are also suffering because our money goes to foreign universities. Some of these foreign universities are even sub-standard.
“The executive secretary of the NUC had even cautioned us from the beginning that these universities in India, China and other European countries were substandard compared to some of our universities here.
“We are cautious of that, so we are reforming the system,” he said.
The governor, who said he briefed the president on the security situation in Kano, especially on cattle rustling, amnesty package and kidnapping, assured that the situation was now under control.
“We granted amnesty to those who decided to quit crime. Thirty nine of them came forward to surrender all their arms ammunition,” he said.
The governor also denied any row between him and his predecessor, saying both of them enjoy a cordial relationship.
“Yes, reconciliation is ongoing and it will work. We have been together for long. We are politically brothers and friends.
“Therefore, we will make sure that we don’t allow things to continue to fall apart. We shall put heads together to make sure that there is peace and stability in the state,” he said.