The Kano State Government has said that it spent N1.8 billion to sponsor students to private universities.
Disclosing this on Wednesday, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar, said Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke about the programme in Kano, during the presentation of certificates to 20 of the students at the Government House, Kano.
The programme, inaugurated by the former administration of Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso, involved the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Crescent University, Al-Qalam University, Bells University of Technology, Otta, and Igbinediom University, Okada.
Ganduje said his administration inherited over 1,150 students from the administration of Rabi’u Kwankwaso.
The statement said: “They were the set of students who were taken to the university during the administration of Kwankwaso, with the payment of their tuition and other fees at less than 10 per cent.
“When we came in by the year 2015, we were told that all the students sponsored by the then administration, all their payments were settled 100 per cent.”
Ganduje, while congratulating the students for their outstanding performances, promised to support them to be on their own.