Kano - Kano State Government has recently spent more than N12 billion in scholarships for over 2 600 students to study abroad, Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso disclosed.
Speaking during a civic reception for some students, which took place alongside the graduation of 1 773 trained on various skills under an empowerment programme, at the Coronation Hall, Government House, pledged his administration’s commitment to the education of locals.
At the event, the first batch of 501 youths sponsored by his administration for postgraduate degrees in 14 universities aboard, were received.
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“The investment in your education is justified since many of you have not only excelled in your studies but have also secured good jobs,” he told the graduates.
Kwankwaso expressed pleasure that out of 197 students sent to International University of East Africa in Uganda for degree programmes in information technology, 50 got first class degrees.
He said significant amounts had been spent to empower students in the region.
“Millions of Naira have been spent on such programmes with a view to making indigenes of Kano self reliant and more active participants in the nation building,” he added.