Sokoto saves N30m from 706 ghost students
A committee constituted by Sokoto State government to verify the number of students qualified for scholarship has saved N30 million from 706 ghost students, including those not to entitled to the scheme.
According to report presented by the committee Chairman, Ambassador Shehu Wurno, to Governor Aminu Tambuwal revealed that the committee verified 14,532 qualified students in 40 tertiary institutions within and outside the country.
“We have confirmed that N544, 613,724 was the total cost of students’ registration for the 2016/2017 academic session, while N143, 560,855 was calculated as allowances for the number of verified students, totaled N688, 174,579 as amount owed for students’ registration and allowances for the session.” He said.
Restating that his administration is committed to give priority to the education sector, Tambuwal said the education levy introduced by the state had so far yielded N260 million.
“We have so far saved N260 million through the education levy. We hope to liaise with the state consultative committee on revitilisation of education, headed by Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad, to continue our work in the education sector.” He said.
While assuring that the recommendations of the committee will be implemented, the governor commended members of the committee for a diligent job.