The Kano State Government is sponsoring about 1001 post graduate students to India and Uganda for various post graduate programmes.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Gov. Abba Kabir inaugurated the state foreign scholarship scheme, beginning with 550 persons on Thursday in Kano.
Kabir extolled the foreign scholarship scheme introduced by the former Governor of the state, Sen. Rabi’u Kwankwaso, while revealing the benefits state was getting from that.
He stated that the effort of the Kwankwaso administration had been a huge impetus for his administration to continue with it.
Kabir said it was clearly seen that some of those trained under the scheme by Kwankwaso were now occupying important positions of authority in the present administration.
Some of them, he said, include the Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Yusuf Ibrahm, the Statistician General of the State, Prof. Aliyu Isa Aliyu and the Special Adviser on Innovation, Dr Bashir Muzakkir, among others.
Kabir said, “Let me say that the foreign scholarship scheme was initiated by the administration of our mentor Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso.
“The 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 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.”
Earlier in his speech, Kwankwaso praised the effort of the State Government for continuing along the same path.
He called on the beneficiaries to ensure that they lived up to their expectations and become useful to their parents, relations and the country at large.
Mr Babangida Salisu, from Tauroni Local Government Area lauded the commitment demonstrated by Kabir for investing in the foreign scholarship scheme.
Salisu, a beneficiary of Kwankwaso’s foreign scholarship who studied Information Technology in a Ugandan University, is lucky to get another one to study Computer Science at Mewar University in India for his Master’s degree.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, that the first batch of 550 students collected their scholarship offers and travel decuments from the governor.
They were also hosted to a farewell dinner by Kabir at the Government House.