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Sokoto State Remains One Of The Few States With Sustained Scholarship Schemes – Tambuwal

Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, has disclosed that the state is one of the few states in the country that has sustained scholarship awards and pay tuition fees to its indigenes studying at home and abroad.

The governor added that the gesture is to encourage the teeming youths who are indigent in the state not only to enroll in universities but also to attain the minimum of a bachelor’s degree with the support of the state government.

Tambuwal made this disclosure while responding to a request for a Diaspora Office to cater for the liaison of the activities of its citizens residing in various countries of the world by a philanthropist, Dr Said Alhassan, a citizen of Sokoto state resident in Germany who procured 12 commuter buses for subsidized transportation of the students and staff to and from the campus of Sokoto State University.

According to a press release signed by Muhammad Bello, the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Governor, Tambuwal, recalled his instituting of a Committee on Diaspora in the House of Representatives when he was the Speaker, and stated that his administration will very soon look at the request and in the process seek ideas of the state’s indigenes living abroad on to how to establish the state Diaspora Office.

Tambuwal who nostalgically noted that he is conversant with the significance of harnessing the potentials of Nigerians in the diaspora, a reason why he put Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa in charge of its committee at its initiation and inception by his Speakership in the lower legislative chamber, revealed that although Hon. Dabiri-Erewa sought a different forte, the foresight of his administration paid off and has taken her to a higher pedestal on the same terrain at the national level.

He explained that the role that the establishment of such an office could play in the life of a community, state and a country cannot be over-emphasized as it would not only strengthen diplomatic ties but also help in improving the economy of Nigeria.

Turning to the metro school bus service in the state Gov. Tambuwal while applauding the gesture of the donor said the state government in conjunction with its transport authority and investment company is discussing with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to come up with a statewide private sector-driven commuter bus service with a view to ease the transportation in the state.

Describing Dr Alhassan as somebody “who knows his onions” to have succeeded in a globally competitive environment like the “rugged Germany”, whose citizens are highly regarded as achievers even in Europe, he commended him and others like him for being worthy ambassadors of the state in the world.

The governor also thanked him for kick stating the bus service which will have direct bearing on the students, stating that the state government needs such programs over time for the students to have ease of life by commuting between their respective homes, villages, towns, and the institutions.

In his address, Dr Alhassan, who is also the Managing Director of Dan Masanin Wurno Global Investment Limited, said he procured the buses for the use of students and other people in the university community.

Alhassan while stating that his gesture is to contribute his own quota to the development of education and infrastructure in Sokoto state, thanked the state government for creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

Also, the commissioner of Commerce and Industry in the state, Hon. Bashir Gidado thanked the proprietor of the programme saying that it was the kind of entrepreneurship being encouraged by the state.

Gidado also launched a similar appealed to wealthy individuals and the business community to emulate Dr Alhassan by building factories and industries in order to provide jobs to the teeming youths and improve economic activities of the state.

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