Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State , Northwest Nigeria has approved the release and disbursement of One Hundred Million Naira to France universities where its students are undergoing Masters and Doctoral Degrees.
The Scholarship is for the 2019/2020 academic session.
Kano state government and French Embassy in Nigeria had entered agreement, named “Kano/France Joint Scholarship Programme, where lecturers from tertiary institutions in the state are sent to further their studies to Masters and PhD programmes. Some of them proceed to Doctorate Degrees after completing their Masters Degrees.
Lecturers come from state-owned universities and other institutions of higher learning in the state, like University of Science and Technology, Wudil (KUST), Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano State Polytechnic, among others.
Under the Contractual Agreement between the state government and French government, it is stipulated that, the public institution CAMPUS France, specifically in Article 6.3 that, “Payment of cash advance by the Partner, …the due payment for the academic year 2019-2020 (is definite) in order to ensure the Scholarships management of 9 PhD students (7 recurrent and 2 new) for the period of 1st of September 2019 to 31st of August 2020.”
Governor Ganduje, as show of commitment and seriousness, approved the release and disbursement of the total sum of One Hundred Million Naira (N100m), for the payment of those fees, ensuring that “The state government would not relent in her effort to make sure that our students undergo their studies undisturbed.”
While assuring that, the state government would always respect the agreement reached under this programme, he also called on the beneficiaries to remain focused and dedicated in their endeavours, “…so as to have value for the resources spend, for the development of the state education system. Especially when they are back home,” he urges.
Some of the French institutions that, Kano students run their programmes are University of Lyon, Ecole Central Nantes, University of Bourgogne, Nice Sophia Antipolis, EPITA Paris, University of Paris Sud, University of Paris Sacley among others.
The Coordinator of the Programme Dr Hussaini Akilu Jarma who is the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education, noted that, the governor has been up and doing in making sure that the programme continue unhindered.