September 2nd, 2016 – Recession: Sokoto State Transfers 39 Nigerian Students Who Got Scholarship To Study In Dubai To Nigerian Schools
“We Spend N400Million A Year On 39 Nigerian Students Studying In Dubai” – Sokoto Recalls UAE Students
The Government of Sokoto State has given approval for the transfer back home of its 39 students currently studying in various schools in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal made this known on Friday in Sokoto when he received the report of the committee instituted to advise government on the issue.
According to the governor, the move is expected to save the state government over N500 million.
He said that government’s action signalled a change of priorities in the payment of scholarships to indigent students to study abroad.
He said, “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.”
He said that admission had been secured for all the students in Nigerian schools.
Tambuwal added that arrangements had been concluded to ensure that none of the students missed a grade level upon their return home.
He said, “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.”
Tambuwal said that to pay N400 million for 39 students in Dubai was weighing heavily on the scarce resources of the state.
The governor thanked the students and parents for their understanding.