By Abdullahi Jalalalluden
The Kano State Government is sponsoring about 1001 post graduate students to India and Uganda for various post graduate programmes.
Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf Disclosed this during the flag off ceremony of the commencement of the scholarship scheme held at government house Kano.
He said the foreign scholarship scheme is beginning with 550 persons on Thursday in Kano.
Governor Yusuf said the foreign scholarship scheme was introduced by the former Governor of the state, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso,saying it has brought a lot of positive benefits to Kano state and the nation at large.
” it is clearly seen that some of those trained under the scheme by Kwankwaso are now occupying important positions of authority in the present administration.”
Some of those he mentioned who were products of the scheme during senator Rabiu Musa Kwakwaso’s regime include the Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Yusuf Ibrahim Kofarmata, the Statistician General of the State, Prof Aliyu Isa Aliyu, the Special Adviser on Innovation, Dr. Bashir Muzakkir among others.
“Let me say that the foreign scholarship scheme was initiated by the administration of our mentor Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
“Distinguished Senator sponsored three batches of scholars to foreign studies in about 16 countries across the globe.
“This singular effort by his administration has produced many professionals and PhD holders, thousands of masters degree holders, thousands of professionals in medical sciences, engineering, natural sciences, pilots, maritime specialists, etc.
“The practical effort of his Excellency Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s administration has been a huge impetus for our administration to continue with this very useful and popular policy of foreign scholarship.
“In this regard, I am very happy to say that some of the products of this policy are today occupying important government positions of authority in the present administration.
“Finally ladies and gentlemen, it is my singular honor to flag up the resumption of foreign scholarship program of Kano state and the sponsorship of the first set of 550 scholars out of the 1001 to face post graduate studies abroad”he said.
Earlier in his speech, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso praised the effort of the State Government for continuing along the same path.
He called on the beneficiaries to ensure that they live up to their expectations and become useful to their parents, relations and the country at large.
Mr Babangida Salisu ,from Taurauni Local Government Area lauded the political commitment demonstrated by Governor Yusuf for investing in the foreign scholarship scheme.
Salisu, a beneficiary of Kwankwaso’s foreign scholarship who study Information Technology in a Ugandan University, is lucky to get another one to study Computer science at Mewar University in India for his master degree.
the first batch of 550 students collected their scholarship offers and travel documents from Governor Yusuf at a colourful ceremony at Government House Open Theater.