Recession: Sokoto to Bring Back Home Students on Scholarship Abroad

Thirty nine students of Sokoto State origin, who are studying abroad on government scholarship, are to be brought back to finish their studies in Nigeria. This is because of the paucity of funds currently hitting the nation.
The students currently in various schools in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, will be back to Nigeria soon, Imam Imams, spokesman to Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, said, Friday.
He said the move will enable the government to save over N500m based on existing foreign exchange.
“The transfer/relocation of the students was necessitated by the need to conserve funds and apply same to more critical areas in the education sector,” the Governor said, Friday in Sokoto when he received the report of the committee instituted to advise government on the issue.
He added that admissions have been secured for all the students in Nigerian schools, while arrangements have been made to ensure that none of them misses a grade level upon their return home.
“As at the time we sent the children to Dubai to study last year, the state government was spending over N400m per annum to maintain them there.
“The last administration had good intentions when it sent them to Dubai to further their studies, but the current financial situation of the state can no longer allow us to continue with this burden.
“We explained to the parents and guardians of the students that as at today, Sokoto State government spends over N500m to maintain 17,000 of its citizens on scholarship in various schools in Nigeria.
“So having to pay N400m for 39 students in Dubai was weighing heavily on the scarce resources of the state.
“We thank them for their understanding,” the Governor was quoted as saying.

Author: News Editor

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