The Jigawa State government says it spent N2. 5 billion on different scholarship programmes for its students from 2007 to date.
State Commissioner of Education Prof. Haruna Wakili said in Dutse yesterday at the inauguration of the new site of Dutse Model International School that between 2011 and 2012 no fewer than 307 students from the state were sponsored abroad to study Medicine, Engineering, ICT and Islamic studies.
He said the government’s spending on students studying in the country had increased from N43 .5 million in 2007 to N734 .5 million in 2011, saying tertiary institutions also received a boost as government recently earmarked N1.1 billion for the establishment of College of Remedial Studies in Kafin-Hausa.
He said the institution would take off in September and the government budget on education had increased from seven per cent in 2007 to 29.1 per cent in 2012.