By Abdulwaheed Usamah
The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, has commended Egyptian Government over a recent award scholarhsip to fewer than eight students from the state, just as restated commitment of the state to promote educational and cultural cooperation with the country, for sustainable development.
Ganduje described the scholarship, which came barely two months after nine indigenes of the state received a similar offer from the Egyptian university, as an important gesture, saying the supports knocked at a time when the state government was unable to send more students aboard owing to financial constraint.
Speaking during presentation of the scholarship to eight students from Kano, the governor stated that the state would continue to ensure that its tie with Egypt remain the utmost priority, just as he charged beneficiaries to be of best moral practice, as well as law abide citizen so as to make the state and Nigeria beyond proud.
“We have come a long way in the friendship between Nigeria and Egypt and through activities such as the scholarship scheme, bilateral relation would be enhanced”, the governor stated.
Ganduje commended the Egyptian government and the University for the investment in the future of Kano, urging the benefactors to treasure the gesture and academic distinction.
Besides, the governor announced a donation of $1, 000 to each of the students as a token from the government’s readiness to support them to attain success.
In his remark, the Cultural Attaché, Egyptian Embassy, Nigeria, Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, explained that the full scholarship awarded to eight Kano students encompassed tuition, travel ticket, accommodation, feeding health insurance, books and a monthly stipend.
“Four of the students got admission to study for degree programmes while the other four, who are younger, have been offered sponsorship to complete secondary education then proceed for degree programmes at Al-Azhar”, he stated.
Dr. Ibrahim assured that the government of Egypt would continue to enhance cooperation with Nigeria in the area of education as well as other endeavors of mutual interest.