Gov. Yusuf pays N1.3bn NECO/NBAIS liabilities, approves N300m teachers' loan

Kano Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf

Kano Governor Abba Yusuf

By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano

Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has paid N1.3 billion National Examination Council (NECO) and National Board for Arabic and Isliamic Studies (NBAIS) liabilities left behind by the immediate-past administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Governor Yusuf also approved N300 million soft loan for teachers across the state.

According to a Statement by Governor Yusuf’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, non payment of the NECO and NBAIS fees, “grossly affected the education growth of thousands of Kano students.”

The Statement added that Governor Yusuf who made the revelation during the declaration of state of emergency on education in Kano state regretted that the immediate-past administration abandoned the good legacies left behind by former Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso to foster the educational development of Kano citizens, particularly, the youths, designed to keep them at the same pace with their peers across the globe.

According to the Statement: “last year, when Governor Yusuf took over as the Governor of Kano state, he discovered with nostalgia that students who sat for NBAIS Examination from 2021-2023 could not access their results because of the failure of the previous administration to pay the relevant agency what was due to them.”

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Governor Yusuf administration met a backlog of liability of examination fee to the tune of over N1.3billion which have been paid and got Kano State students registered for NECO and NBAIS.

“In the year 2024, the state government has approved for the payment of NECO and NBAIS registration fees to the tune of over N2.9Billion for 121,597 students that have four Credits in their Qualifying Examination in public schools,” Bature said.

Bature further stated that: “Governor Yusuf also noted that, as a committed investor in human capital development, the current administration has invested billions of Naira to sponsor 1st Class graduates to pursue higher degrees in foreign universities. The first batch of 1,001 laureates are already in the second semester of their studies. Added to this, the government also paid for the registration of all Kano State Student studying at Bayero University, Kano.

“And as a one-off compassionate intervention, the state government supported the Kano State Students studying in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Federal University Dutse, Usman Danfodio University SOkoto, Federal University Gusau, University of Maiduguri, Federal University Dutsinma, Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi, Federal College of Education, Kano, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State University, Gombe.”

The Governor recalled that, “during the tenure of His Excellency, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, some private Universities were selected across the country and they were sponsored for their first degree. Although these students graduated with good results, the immediate past administration refused to settle their tuition fees and left them for four years without being able to participate in the One year mandatory youth service scheme. Governor Yusuf administration has settled all the tuition fees and they have collected their certificates. These universities include: Bells University Otta, Crescent University, Abeokuta, ABTI University, Yola, Igbenidion University, Okada and Al- Qalam University, Katsina.”

According to Bature, “more so, Governor Yusuf administration has reintroduced the revolving soft loan for Primary School Teachers. To this end, the Governor has approved the distribution of N300 million soft loan to teachers. Some of the teachers have already received their cheques.”

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