Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje says that the state government would renew the educational agreement between the state and French government, under Kano France Governments Scholarship Agreement, for 5 more years from 2020, when the existing Agreement comes to an end.
The current Agreement was signed in 2016.
The extension for a period of 5 years, according to him, was to enable those who would run Doctorate Degrees to have enough period to complete their studies, in case of extension of their academic engagement due to peculiarity of their chosen fields of study.
This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar on Wednesday and obtained by Solacebase.
The statement said commending the existing academic partnership between Kano state and French governments, he reveals that “What we are doing now is TARGETED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES. Where we plan for our educational program.
In this program, for example, we target lecturers of our tertiary institutions, who will come back and impart what they were taught and trained would then pass on to their students.”
He made the disclosure when he paid an official visit to Kano students, sponsored under the program, at Campus France, in Paris, France, Wednesday, explaining his administration attachment of high premium to all stages of education.
Campus France is a body that shoulders the responsibility for managing the Kano France government scholarship program among others across the globe. The body currently has 4,000 students under its watch. They work, by way of a collaborative effort, with all the institutions of higher learning in France.
Ganduje said “We all believe that education sector needs to have a complete overhaul. That is why we said for basic education, let’s have free and compulsory primary and secondary education. A policy we have since started implementing. Because of the quality of students that are going to be produced from our primary to secondary schools, we now said, we have to prepare for quality tertiary institutions.”
Also satisfied by the exceptional performance of Kano postgraduate students numbering 26, out of which, 19 running Masters programs and 7 Ph.D. students, under Kano France Joint Scholarship Programme, Campus France, coordinating the program, assured Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, that more French universities are willing to accept more students from Kano.
This was disclosed by the Director-General Campus France, Beatrice Khaiat, during Governor’s visit Wednesday, adding that Kano was leading many countries in sending students for Postgraduate studies.
“What Kano state government is doing by sending your students, that are being selected, based on merit from institutions of higher learning, is extremely good for Kano, Nigeria and the world in general,” she appreciated.
After commending that Kano students are taking leads in all their choice areas, said what Kano has been doing would be fruited towards the development of the state and would be reflected as part of the legacies of Governor Ganduje.
French Education Attachee at French Embassy in Nigeria, Mrs. Laila Matthew, invites governor Ganduje to facilitate for the participation of Kano state during the upcoming Nigeria Day in France when Nigerian institutions of higher learning would be in France to meet with many French institutions for the Postgraduate studies opportunities.
“Kano is doing well in this agreement that was first signed in 2016. It is indicative to note that this Agreement with Kano state government opened the door for Nigeria, as some other schools started showing interest in this great program. So Kano is a pacesetter. It may interest the Governor to also know that, most of the Awardees who are sponsored through Petroleum Trust and Development Fund (PTDF), come from Kano also, from the other hand,” she discloses.
She further revealed that, when they started that Agreement with Kano state, they predicted that, many Nigerian states would follow suit, emphasizing that, “And we are so sure that when we started with Nigeria the ball will keep on rolling. And then other African nations would take a leaf from there.”
The Education Attachee congratulated governor Ganduje purposefully for the exceptional performance of Kano students sponsored under the program, saying that, “Some of your PhD students are doing exceptionally well. We have a Kano student who was even selected for a renowned international conference. Where he did well as well.”
Laila disclosed to the governor that they were planning to be in Nigeria with over 20 French institutions, as a Study Tour. “We are as well inviting Kano to come and participate. I am also intimating the governor that some scholars are coming to us to discuss with us issues to do with energy and Management Information System. That again, we want Kano to participate as the process takes off,” she said.
As a show of appreciation and encouragement to the Kano state government, the French Committee of Vice-Chancellors was represented at the visit, they acknowledged how Kano state students under the Kano French Government Scholarship Agreement excel in French universities.
They indicated that they need more students from Kano state. That, they welcome similar young and promising people from Kano. After strings of commendation to the administration of Governor Ganduje. For Governor’s special interest in taking the education sector to greater heights.
Meanwhile, after meeting with those officials, Ganduje had a special meeting with the Kano students, whom he was purposefully there for.
In his remarks during the meeting governor, Ganduje commended them for being good ambassadors from Kano state, Nigeria.