Kebbi State Governor Approves ₦309 Million for Foreign Scholarship Program

Kebbi State Governor approves ₦309.6M for foreign scholarships, demonstrating commitment to providing quality education opportunities for students.

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Kebbi State Governor Approves ₦309 Million for Foreign Scholarship Program

Kebbi State Governor Approves ₦309 Million for Foreign Scholarship Program

Kebbi State Governor Dr. Nasir Idris has approved the allocation of ₦309,584,041.80 for the payment of foreign scholarships to students from the state studying in India and Egypt. The announcement was made by the State Commissioner of Higher Education, Alhaji Isah Abubakar-Tunga, during a press briefing on Tuesday.

The breakdown of the allocation includes ₦228,150,148 for 63 students in India and ₦81,433,893.80 for 23 students in Egypt. Abubakar-Tunga stated that the remaining 50 foreign students will also have their expenses settled within the shortest possible time.

In February 2024, Governor Idris had already disbursed local scholarships to all state students enrolled in 36 tertiary institutions across Nigeria. The commissioner expressed appreciation for the governor's commendable efforts and ongoing support in the higher education sector.

Why this matters: The substantial investment in foreign scholarships demonstrates the Kebbi State government's commitment to providing quality education opportunities for its students. This initiative aims to equip the state's future leaders with global exposure and skills critical for driving development in various sectors.

During the press briefing, Abubakar-Tunga emphasized the governor's dedication to the advancement of higher education in Kebbi State. "The ministry appreciates the governor's praiseworthy efforts in the higher education sector," he said, highlighting the impact of the scholarship program on the lives of the beneficiaries and their families.

Key Takeaways

  • Kebbi State approves ₦309.6M for foreign scholarships to 86 students in India and Egypt.
  • Scholarships cover ₦228.2M for 63 students in India and ₦81.4M for 23 students in Egypt.
  • Remaining 50 foreign students to have their expenses settled within the shortest possible time.
  • Governor Idris had earlier disbursed local scholarships to all state students in 36 Nigerian institutions.
  • The scholarship program aims to equip Kebbi's future leaders with global exposure and skills.