Ganduje open challenge came during the official inauguration of the Committee for the payment of scholarship allowances to Internal Students, held at Ante-Chamber, Government House, Kano, Wednesday rhetorically asked “where did he attend engineering course and graduated,”
A press statement by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anwar that was made available to newsmen in Kano said “this is somebody who failed his Common Entrance examination during his primary school age, and was known to all that, those days, it was those who failed, sometimes woefully in their primary education that were sent to such Craft schools.”
According to the statement by Malam Anwar “Kwankwaso’s failure in managing education during his tenure, stemmed from his inability to comprehend that education policies need plans and shouldn’t be an all comers engagement.”
Anwar quoted his boss to have said “when we were together and advised on what should be done appropriately, he was good at dismissing articulate and well thought advice”, adding that, “only somebody with shallow knowledge would just did what Kwankwaso did to our education system in the state.”
Ganduje further revealed that, when he first came to power with his former Deputy Governor, Prof. Hafizu Abubakar, in 2015, almost a year into their administration, “Kwankwaso ignorantly blamed us for negligence in handling education sector in the state.”
“Just imagine, a person who failed his primary school examination, and was only managed to attend Craft school, will now come out boldly and accuse a Professor and a PhD holder that they didn’t know how to best handle education. Is this not deception and ignorance? Ganduje bemoaned his estranged boss.
He lamented that when Kwankwaso was sending students abroad, he didn’t bother to do an excellent planning for it, adding his “inability to differentiate between good work and haphazard plans in the education sector.”
The statement noted that “most states from Nigeria that sent their students then, withdrew them because of how the rate of Dollar skyrocketed then. But in our own case I said we would not withdrawn a single student, but instead we continue paying with tears. As at now many of them has graduated.”
According to the governor, Kwankwaso’s administration left behind debt running into billions of Naira on foreign students. The state is still paying with the sole intention that, “…we will not allow display of ignorance from the part of the past administration wreck havoc on our sons and daughters.”
On Kwankwaso’s free education policy, governor Ganduje challenged that, “Kwankwaso introduced “fake and deceitful arrangement of the so-called free education, when it remained only 3 months for his tenure to end.”
On the scholarship allowances, he assured that his government would continue paying all the outstanding allowances inherited from the past administration of Kwankwaso.
“For the 2015/2016 academic session we paid about N400m as scholarship allowances. And here we are today inaugurating another 5 committees for the disbursement of over N116m for the 2016/2017 academic session. I enjoy you to go immediately and start the disbursement,” he directed after the inauguration.
The sum of over N116m would be for 8,677 students studying in higher education schools within Nigeria. In the early days of Ganduje administration, the State Scholarship Board requested for the sum of about N1b for the scholarship allowances, of which the sum is now being released batch after batch.