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Ganduje paid Kwankwaso’s N18bn scholarships debt – Kano commissioner

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The N18 billion in scholarship obligations accrued by the former Rabiu Kwankwaso administration in Kano State have been paid by the administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Before leaving office in 2015, Kano State Commissioner for Information Mallam Mohammed Garba made this claim on the overseas scholarship program Kwankwaso started.

“When we took office in 2015, we had a huge backlog of outstanding international and local scholarships left behind by the Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso administration, which caused us a lot of issues. However, we have already resolved around N18 billion, according to Garba.

According to him, institutions in Cyprus alone owed more than five million euros, which prompted them to write to Governor Ganduje.

He said, “To minimize the debts, we need to sit down and discuss a solution with Cyprus. We paid N600 million in total—N300 million at first and another N300 million just now. You can see how dedicated we are to paying off every scholarship (or debt) left by the Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso administration.

The commissioner stated that the scholarship program had been hurriedly and carelessly put up.

He added that beneficiaries would moving forward be those taking courses that will be advantageous to the state, “like engineers, and other relevant courses, not historians and their likes,” adding that if Gawuna is elected as governor of Kano State, he “will certainly look at the program [and] fine-tune it.”

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