By Auwalu Yusuf Birnin Kudu
Zango (Katsina State) – Alhaji Tasiu Maigari, the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly has disbursed 8.5 million as bursary to 1,292 indigent students in his constituency.
Maigari who formally launched the disbursement in Zango on Thursday, said he initiated the scholarship grant to promote the pursuit of education in the area.
According to the breakdown, post graduate students undergoing Masters degree would receive N15,000 each, first degree students, N10,000, NCE and Ordinary Diploma, N5,000 and Higher Diploma, N7,500.
The Speaker said that students of other tertiary institutions such as School of Health Technology and other related programmes would get N5,000 each, adding that the scope would be expanded to accommodate more students.
In his remarks, Gov. Aminu Masari commended the Speaker and described the gesture as worthy of emulation by other politicians and those who have the resources.
Masari said education was the bedrock of human development, noting that whoever said education was expensive should try ignorance.
He advised school leavers to be creative and inventive and not wait for white collar jobs, saying that gone were the days when one would be expecting jobs from government.
Masari used the occasion to issue stern warning to politicians campaigning for 2023, saying those caught campaigning would be prosecuted.
Malam Ashiru Hafizu, one of the beneficiaries and a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, described the award as desirous and timely as it would immensely help the students in their academic pursuit.
Hafizu called on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the award by dedicating themselves to their studies.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar, members of the state Assembly, politicians, well wishers and student groups.