The Kano State commissioner for Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Alhaji Mohammed Garba, has said that within the last two months, the Kano State government has expended the sum of N2.6 billion to boost education in the state.
He made this known to journalists in Abuja at the weekend just as he maintained that the expenditure was in line with the resolve by the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje led administration to create the enabling environment for both teachers and students in various institutions of learning to excel in their respective endeavours.
Giving a breakdown of the expenditure, he disclosed that the sum of N1,246,447.578.00 was used to foot the bills of students who participated in the National Examinations Council (NECO), the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Students (NBAIS) and the internal examination organised by (KERD).
He also stated that the sum of N404 million was expended on the accreditation exercise of various courses in both the kano state polytechnic, the college of Agriculture Dambatta.
He further stated that feeding of pupils in both primary and secondary schools gulped the sum of N589.360,000.00 adding that of the amount, the kano state schools management board (KSSMB) got N383,660.000.00, science secondary schools was allocated N106 million and community re-orientation committee (CRC) supervised primary schools got N100 million within the period under review.
He added: “An aspect of the expenditure that is also of utmost importance to the government is the payment of teachers salaries. We spent the sum of N2.3 billion on the payment of primary school teachers and another N700 million to pay our teachers in secondary schools in the state.”
“This is in addition to the payment of scholarship to both our students pursuing higher degrees both here in Nigeria and abroad. We spent N75 million on our external students, another N70 million on those in France, N79 million on those studying in Cyprus, N33.8 million on our students in Egypt, and then N50 million on those here in Nigeria and N79 million.”