From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Monday in Kano revealed that the foreign scholarship scheme under the immediate-past administration of Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso was a big blunder.
Ganduje who spoke during a media parley with journalists in Kano to mark his three year anniversary said his administration decided to move on with the scholarship scheme because of its policy on continuity.
If re-elected, Ganduje said the scheme will come under serious scrutiny to ensure accountability and transparency.
He regretted that the immediate-past administration sent thousands of students to study abroad without adequate and proper arrangement.
According to him, “there was a pronouncement by the immediate-past administration that all the tuition fees of the students were paid 100 per cent so that any incoming government will have nothing to worry about; but when we came in, we discovered that this was not true.
“We also discovered that our students were paying higher than other students in the tertiary institutions. There was a lot of corruption, so much that some money supposedly made for the tuition fees of the students was captured at the Cairo airport by the Interpol–the case is still under investigation.”
He further stated that some universities where Kano students were sent were not even offering the Courses that they were supposed to study, adding that most of the universities were of lower standard compared with the standard of universities here in Nigeria.
According to Ganduje, over N4 billion have been expended on foreign scholarship, pointing out that, “if that money was used to develop the state-owned Yusuf Maitama Sule University, the permanent site would have been completed long ago. When we came, they abandoned the faculty building and we had to pay N400 million to bring back the contractors to site.”
Ganduje who said his administration decided to continue with the projects and programmes of the immediate-past administration, because it is a government of continuity and fine-tuning also faulted the five kilometre roads project of his predecessor.
He wondered how a N100 billion could be spent on building dualized five kilometre roads across the 44 Local Government Areas, describing the venture as futile, wasteful and unprofessional.
“Why do you need to construct dualized five kilometre roads in Warawa and Kunchi Local Government Areas, for instance. This is a project where the Local Government Areas are contributing 90 per cent of the money why the state government will be contributing 10 per cent–where will the Local Government get the money?
“Most of the contractors did not receive their first certificate and mobilization from the immediate-past administration. But because we are a government of continuity, we re-designed the roads and we have started construction in some Local Government Areas.
“But the truth remains that our Local Government Councils do not have the quantum of money to continue with the projects at the same time. The project was not based on facts, it was not based on feasibility and rational planning.”
Sourced From: The Authority News