The Kano State Government has allegedly uncovered $1million stored by the former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to a university in Ukraine where no Kano state student was studying.
The senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Higher Education, Dr. Hussaini Akilu Jarma, disclosed this during the the inauguration of the State Scholarship Disbursement Committee.
The National newspaper wrote that Jarma said the questionable payment was made by Kwankwaso as part of his foreign scholarship programme.
A statement by Abba Anwar, chief press secretary to the Kano state Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said, “Investigation reveals that a sum of $1,304,618 was abandoned in one University in Ukraine, when the sum was taken there during the last administration in the state.”
“No student was sent to the university at all. The money was sent unattended and un-utilised. We said business should not be as usual anymore,” he added.
In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje lampooned Kwankwaso for incurring debt of over N4 billion to the state with his foreign scholarship program which he said was “planned to fail”.
“When we came in we were told that the past administration paid everything. But when we conducted an investigation we came to realise that, that statement was not true”
“The programme was not planned in accordance with organised educational system. The arrangement was poorly done, in such a way that, it was not planned to succeed.
“The programme was deliberately planned to fail. One can question the wisdom behind sending our students to study areas like Economics, for example, and other similar courses while we can have better universities that run the courses within the country.”
Ganduje also complained that while other states withdrew their students from foreign universities due to exorbitant cost, Kano managed to allow its students to proceed with their education at such universities despite the huge cost.