Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
There are allegations that about 200 of the 501 students nominated by the Kano State Government for foreign training programmes may not be qualified for some of the courses they want study abroad.
The discovery was made by a Committee set up by Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to screen the students once again and ensure that those selected for the training programme have the requisite qualification
The Committee which is headed by the State Commissioner for Special Duties, General Idris Bello Dambazau, according to sources, discovered that 200 out of the 501 students were not qualified after a thorough screening.
Those said to be unqualified were alleged to have been smuggled into the list of First Class and Second Class Upper students who were originally scheduled to leave the country Saturday, September 8.
Some of the awardees were discovered to have made Second Class lower, instead of the required First Class or Second Class, according to THISDAY source spoke under anonymity.
It was learnt that the Committee has accordingly wiped out all the names of those allegedly smuggled into the list without fulfilling the stipulated conditions to ensure the strict compliance of the procedure.
Sources revealed that most of the names of those allegedly smuggled into the list were traced to influential families in the state and top state government functionaries.
The training programme was initiated by the Kano State government with the intention to genuinely sponsor brilliant students, especially those from poor background to pursue their academic programmes without hindrance and to also address the manpower requirements of the state.
Commissioner for Higher Education, Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa, when contacted on the issue by our reporters declined comment, saying that the Committee was in session.