Sokoto State Government has given approval for the transfer back home of its 39 students currently studying in various institutions in Dubai.
The state governor, Aminu Tambuwal who disclosed this on Friday when he received the report of the committee instituted to advise the government on the issue, said that the move is expected to save the state government over N500 million.
According to him, the government’s action signalled a change of priorities in the payment of scholarships to indigent students to study abroad. “The transfer or relocation of the students was necessitated by the need to conserve funds and apply same to more critical areas in the education sector.
Tambuwal stated that to pay N400 million for 39 students in Dubai was weighing heavily on the scarce resources of the state.
“As at the time we sent the children to Dubai to study last year, the state government was spending over N400 million 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 N500 million to maintain 17,000 of its citizens on scholarship in various schools in Nigeria,” he stressed.
The governor, however, thanked the students and parents for their understanding, adding that arrangements had been concluded to ensure that none of the students missed a grade level upon their return home.