The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, said on Wednesday, that his administration has spent about N1.8 billion to sponsor Students in the State, to private Universities around the country,
He claimed that the Students were abandoned by his predecessor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Governor Ganduje gave the names of the private Universities as: American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola, Crescent University, Al-Qalam University, Bells University of Technology, Otta, and Igbinedion University, Okada.
He spoke during the presentation of certificates to 20 graduating Students, at the State Executive Council meeting, at Africa House of Government House, Kano.
Among the 20 AUN Graduates were 2 first class, Abubakar Bala Musa and Rabiu Ibrahim Kabiru, who read Science Software Engineering, while 8 got second class (upper division).
A statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Abba Anwar, said that the Students were taken to the University during the administration of Kwankwaso, with the payment of their tuition and other fees at less than 10 percent.
His words: “When we came onboard in 2015, we inherited over 1,150 Students from the administration of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who were sponsored to Universities within and outside the country.
“We were told that all of their fees were paid 100 percent. But this turned out not to be true.”
For the AUN Students, the Governor berated the percentage of what was paid for them, describing it as “very insignificant.
“But since we consider them our children, we paid over 80 percent of the required fees for them to finish their studies.”
While congratulating the graduating Students for their outstanding performances, the Governor said that he hopes to see them excel in the future.
He hailed their efforts in making Kano State proud, with their excellent performance at AUN.
“We will give you the necessary assistance. We are glad to hear that some of you have already started engaging in entrepreneurship. This is a right step in the right direction”, Governor Ganduje stated.
He promised to consider them in any recruitment that will come up at the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
Hafsat Adhama, who spoke on behalf of the graduating Students, thanked the Governor Ganduje administration.