The Kano State Government has invested more than N1 billion on the payment of school fees and scholarship allowances to its students in tertiary institutions.
Mustapha Fagge, the National Chairman of Kano State Amalgamated Management and Parents Forum of five universities, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Tuesday in Katsina.
Mr. Fagge said that the state government had paid over N1 billion as tuition fees to students in five foreign universities.
“We also have students in various private universities across the country, including Niger Republic, and we have paid their school fees.
“The state government has set aside the sum of N500 million for the payment of students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
“The state government has directed the state scholarship board to present its financial requirements for the complete payment of scholarship allowances to all students in Nigerian universities.
“The governor has approved the payment of the allowances and other upkeep of the home based students.
“We are ready to settle all the home based students as the foreign students had been settled,” he said.
Mr. Fagge said that Kano State officials were in Katsina to monitor the performance of Kano sponsored students at the Al-Qalam and Umar Musa Yar’Adua universities.
“We are aware that Al-Qalam University is planning to establish parent/management forum to introduce some levy for developing the university,” he said.
Besides, the chairman said, the Kano State government would pay all the development levies introduced in Al-Qalam University for its students in the institution.