The Sokoto State Government has stated that it spends over N8 billion annually on school feeding, and examination fees, among others for its pupils.
Governor of the state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal disclosed this while interacting with youths in commemoration of the nation’s Independence Day anniversary at the weekend.
“Apart from the funds spent on feeding students, we have over the years, consistently paid students’ examination fees for the National Examination Council (NECO), West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and sundry fees,” the governor said.
According to him, the state has been paying scholarships, salaries, and pension benefits as of when due.
Speaking on the Ukrainian students that returned home due to the Russian invasion of the country, Tambuwal said he had tasked the state scholarship board to get alternative universities for them in Turkey, Egypt, India, or even in Nigeria, where they would continue with their education.
“We cannot allow you to stay out of school because that will definitely affect your future negatively,” Tambuwal added.