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“We Spend N400M A Year On 39 Nigerian Students Studying In Dubai” – Sokoto Recalls UAE Students

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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.



  1. dotun

    September 3, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Nice 1

  2. fifelomo

    September 3, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Wise decision.

  3. sola olaniyi

    September 3, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    saved N 500 million that will still go back to the pockets of greedy politicians

  4. Bok

    September 3, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    there nothing nice about it, unless there are foul play. but trust nigeria those people would rich kids from rich family are the only students accept in this scholarship program. but anyway good for them

  5. Ace

    September 3, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Nigeria! See how we don’t want progress for low income people in our midst.
    Spending #500m on 39 students is not too much, but some individuals are looting far more than that for their private use. I am sure those students were picked on merits it is sad to hear this. Please let us try encourage good policies

  6. Big Aunty Koks

    September 3, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Good thinking but ensure that the local Educational Institutions are upgraded to acceptable standards so the need to study abroad is minimized.

  7. huchennar

    September 3, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    @dotun did you just say nice one? i guessed you did not read the story very well. 400m for 39 students is too much for the current state of the nation but at the same time not too much i can remember vividly that two buhari’s children graduated abroad this year and I bet you go check this governor children they are equally outside the country studying and i also bliv they are paying nearly close to that amount of money which they bliv is too much for 39 students…
    What i don’t understand is that will they start from square 1? if that is the case then it is a totally bad idea… i bliv they should allow those abroad to finish studying and then give no room again for another or better still give them scholarship to study in Nigeria universities…


  8. D Hunter

    September 3, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    And I‘m quite sure that almost all the beneficiaries are muslims.

    Continue my strolling jare…

  9. Uzoma

    September 3, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    If you bring your heads together to look for ways to generate revenue internally without depending on federal hand outs from oil, there will be no problem.

  10. red

    September 3, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    You sending them means you believe theirs is better than Nigeria schools.
    The so saved 500 million will soon grow wings and fly off to just “one person account.

  11. Marcus Garvey ll

    September 3, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    I do hope that other states and the Federal governments will do likewise; furthermore, nations across Africa should learn from the new proposal.

  12. Marcus Garvey ll

    September 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Nollywood actresses, who have become too big for Africa and have gone abroad to give birth, and to those who expect to do so…, should exercise self-confidence and national pride and reproduce Nigerian babies, instead of foreign ones. The Federal government should impose strict condition on people who give birth abroad through arrogance.

  13. betty

    September 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    they should come back abeg, let them school here to save money

  14. mulikat

    September 4, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Mr.Govr.nice 1, former Gov,spend 400-500 Million on 39 students and come back with brainwash to kill innocent naija,studies in arabs country omg.same amount will be spend for 17,000 student in naija, God bless u and ur gud brain to think .

  15. Maryf

    September 4, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    That’s nice. Keep it up

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