The Kano state acting governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar said,yesterday, it inherited about $28 million and over N6 billion debt incurred on foreign and local scholarships from the immediate past administration in the state. Abubakar, who disclosed this while receiving the Emir of Kano in his office, said the financial commitment covered tuition and other allowances of students sponsored for various courses in universities across 12 countries of the world. Professor Abubakar said: “The government is proud of such heavy responsibility since it is an investment in education.
“Despite our economic challenges, we have earmarked a monthly allocation of N360 million to the state scholarship board to settle outstanding allowances to our students and I am sure our students in tertiary institutions will attest to this. This scenario is very tasking for a state which existing enrolment figure of 2,743,647 pupils, as at 2015, with over 5,000 primary schools spread across the state, vis-à-vis dwindling resources and competing demands. The original arrangement regarding the feeding programme was for the state government to feed the pupils on Mondays and Tuesdays, the local governments to feed them on Wednesdays and Thursdays, while the communities will take charge on Fridays. We are consistently releasing money for our feeding days but the local governments cannot cope because they are finding it difficult to even pay salaries of workers, let alone other responsibilities.”