Strong indications has emerged that Kano state students may no longer enjoy their yearly scholarship if Abba Kabir Yusuf the governorship candidate of the peoples democratic party (PDP) wins the rescheduled supplementary poll next week.
The move which has become a source of concern to well meaning citizens of Kano state has been endorsed by the former Governor of the state Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who is Abba’s godfather.
Intriguingly, it was resolved that Kano students studying abroad would continue to enjoy scholarship from the Kano state government
An impeccable source close to Kwankwaso who doesn’t want his name mentioned said it was unanimously agreed that the PDP would jettison the idea of paying the scholarship for indigent students studying in various institutions in the state.
Kwankwaso decision to discontinue the payment was hinged on the need to send more indigenes of the state to foreign schools, noting that due to paucity of funds the PDP if elected will not be able to shoulder the two responsibilities at the same time.
The former defense Minister frowned at the “huge” sum the Ganduje administration is spending on the payment of local scholarship, stating that the investment is not worth it, arguing that most of Nigerian institutions are producing graduates that are unemployable.
It could be recalled that during his second tenure as the Governor of the state, Kwankwaso sponsored many students to abroad for their post graduate studies.
“Our leader has told Abba our Governorship candidate to stop the payment of internal scholarship if he wins the re-run. He so much cherish the foreign scholarship, and Abba has conceded that to him.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Mamman Inusa a scholar welcomed the idea of foreign scholarship but frowned at Kwankwaso’s idea of planning to discontinue paying internal scholarship.
“The idea of sending our people to Foreign countries to study is good, but I’m particularly worried about Kwankwaso’s initiative. I remembered vividly during his second tenure how he was sending people to go and read History, Mass communication and so on in foreign universities that are not even recognized.
“I thought he would encourage people who want to study engineering, medicine and other science related courses to study abroad instead of what he did. For goodness sake this is 21st century and for him to disregard our local students is to say the least the height of ignorance and wickedness with due respect”.
Efforts to speak to the spokesman of Kwankwaso Binta Speaking were unsuccessful, she wasn’t picking her calls.