Kano foreign students grumble over unpaid tuition fees

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Indigenes of Kano state who are studying at various universities under government-sponsored scholarship have complained over non-payment of their tuition fees and allowances by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

According to a letter addressed to Ganduje, which was jointly signed by President of Kano State Foreign Students Association Sadik Abdullahi Uba Jalli (Sudan), Vice President Saminu Suliaman Musa (India) and Public Relations Officer Muhammad Yusuf Musa (Egypt), the students described the hardship they have been subjected to in foreign countries due to the failure of the government to pay the allowances.

The students explained that they now resort to begging their classmates from other countries to be able to feed as well as address other critical needs.

According to the document, students from Ahfad University had not received allowances for  three years while those from India have 18 months outstanding upkeep allowances with 11 months accommodation fees.

It added that students from Sudan have 22 months outstanding upkeep allowances, 11 months accommodation fees while those in Sudan have 18 months upkeep allowances outstanding and resident permit renewal.

The students included a letter from Elrazi University, a private university located in Khartoum, Sudan and signed by the President of the University Ahmad O. Riziq addressed to Kano state scholarship Board notifying that Kano students have been suspended from attending classes from 15th October 2018 over failure.

It said failure to attend class for a month in the institution will affect student attendance and chances of graduating.

In an interview with Solacebase online platform, Executive Secretary, Kano State Scholarship Board, Prof. Fatima Umar who confirmed the situation said she was in discussion with the deputy governor Nasiru Gawuna on Tuesday over the issue and promised that the bills would soon be paid.

She explained that last week the government paid about N538m being part payment of outstanding fees of the state students that graduated from 5 private Universities in Nigeria so that they can participate in the compulsory NYSC.

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