By Amaka Abayomi
In its bid to delist Kano State from the list of least educated states, the state government has awarded full scholarship to 100 indigent students to study any course of their choice at Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State.
This was disclosed by the Special Assistant to the Kano State Government on Higher Education, Hon. Lawan Hussain, who stated that another 502 would be sponsored to do their Master’s degree programme abroad.
According to Hussain, the purpose of the scholarship is to educate the people of the state so as to reduce the stranglehold of terrorism on the youths.
“Education is top priority to this administration, making the state governor to allot the highest amount to education. The North-West University just commenced operation with 1,000 students, and our investment in education is expected to avert the bombings in the North and enable our youths reach their potentials.
“Kano State Government is ready to partner with any school on educating our youths. We already have 100 students here at Bells University and another 100 would soon be admitted into Crescent University and other schools. We have also sent 501 abroad for their post-graduate studies, while the second batch of 502 is already underway.
“The aim is to ensure that Kano State fulfils its quota educationally. What we do is send a team to different schools, especially private universities, to see if they would want to partner with us by granting more admission to Kano State indigenes, and we are ready to do everything legally possible, even if it means us building hostels to accommodate them.
“Kano State is the only state that accesses its full share of the ETF which we use in constructing blocks of classrooms and purchasing furniture for primary and secondary schools.”
On the criteria used in selecting the beneficiaries, the Special Assistant said all the benefitting students are from public schools and they must have seven credits in one sitting and score above 190 in the UTME.