Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
The committee set up by the Sokoto State Government to verify the actual number of students entitled for scholarship has uncovered 706 fake students and those not qualified for the scheme, thereby saving almost N30 million of tax payerâ€™s money.
Speaking while presenting the report to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, in Sokoto on Tuesday, Chairman of the Committee, Ambassador Shehu Wurno, said the committee visited 40 tertiary institutions within and outside the country and verified 14, 532 state indigenes qualified for scholarship.
â€œWe have confirmed that the sum of N544,613,724.00 Â was the total cost of students registration for the year 2016/2017 academic session while the sum of N143,560,855.00 was calculated as allowances to the number of verified students totalling the sum of N688,174,579.00 amount owed as students registration and allowances for the current Â 2016/2017 session,â€ Wurno said.
In a remark, Â Tambuwal Â said his administration will continue to give priority to the education sector.
According to him, Â as part of his administrationâ€™s Â commitment to boost funding, education levy was introduced by the government where civil servants and political office holders are taxed to compliment other sources of funding.
â€œWe have so far saved the sum of N260 million through the education levy. We hope to liaise with the state consultative committee on revitilisation of education, headed by Sultan Muhammad Saâ€™ad Abubakar, Â to continue our work in the education sector,â€ Tambuwal stated.
The governor assured that all the recommendation of the committee would Â be implemented by the government.
While commending the members of the committee for a diligent job, Tambuwal said no investment in the education sector is too much to make.
He reminded commentators of the need to always cross check facts before going public, adding that proper checks and balances had been put in place to ensure transparent handling of all public funds in the state.