By Abdullahi Tukur
In his farewell address to the departing students at the Presidential Banquet Hall Birnin Kebbi, the State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, said the students were sent overseas not because there were no good universities in Nigeria but for the fact that education was universal and it was not out place to have ambassadors in other part of the world.
Governor Atiku Bagudu, challenged the departing students to be good ambassadors of the state and the country.
“This is not the first time Kebbi State Government is sponsoring its students to study abroad, it occurred during previous administrations, but what is different is, in spite of the financial challenges, we have been able to mobilise resources and with approval of the state house of assembly, we are able to send this set of students abroad”.
While congratulating the State Commissioner for Higher Education and his team for having worked so hard in making the selection, securing the admissions and working hard to ensure that, in spite of all the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions and others and now are good to go.
“We know we have numerous challenges but education remains one of our major priority and mobilising to send our children abroad is one of those priorities”.
According to the Governor, sending students abroad was not an acknowledgement that, there were no good institutions in Nigeria saying, sending children abroad is not to suggest that, those studying in Nigeria institutions are anything less.
Governor Bagudu, charged the students to work hard to be competitive, mindful of their environment and interact with the society they would be exposed to and advised them to be their brother’s keepers.
The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor. Mukhtar Umar-Bunza, expressed appreciation to the state Governor who according to him, approved and released the amount needed to cater for the selected students to study abroad.
According to him, Governor Bagudu approved the release of $1,060,000 US dollars to cover tuition fees, accommodation, feeding and pocket money to students travelling abroad for studies.