Katsina State Governor, Mallam Dikko Umaru Radda, has flagged off the disbursement of over N640m as scholarship allowances to students from the state at various higher institutions of learning.
The event took place on Monday on the premises of the Katsina State Scholarship Board, where the governor also presented the ‘Maiden Katsina State Government Award of Academic Excellence to Students with cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.50 and above.
In his address, the governor said the approval of N640,648,546 for the payment of scholarship to the fresh and returning students of the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic sessions was a clear testimony of his administration’s commitments to bringing succour to Katsina students in tertiary institutions across the state.
“We shall continue to make life better for our hardworking and brilliant students. The prompt payment of these scholarships is aimed at reducing the economic hardship of several parents in our dear State.
“The award of academic excellence is my brainchild to inspire our younger generation to face their studies squarely. The rationale of the award is to reward hard work and encourage competition among Katsina students,” he said.
The 210 brilliant Katsina students with 4.5 CGPA and above received N50,000 each and the beneficiaries cut across universities, polytechnics and colleges of education,
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner of Higher, Technical and Vocational Education, Prof. Abdulhamid Ahmad, commended Governor Radda for the payment of the scholarships and award of academic excellence, maintaining that Katsina’s education sector, under Dikko Radda, was being transformed.
Also speaking, Executive Secretary of the Katsina State Scholarship Board, Dr. Aminu Salisu Tsauri, expressed gratitude to some members of the National Assembly who complemented the Katsina Government’s efforts by assisting students in their areas with tuition fees.