The Kano State Executive Council (SEC) has given approval for a 50 per cent upward review of the state scholarship allowances for students indigenous to the state who are studying in Nigerian institutions.

SEC approved the release of more than N865.4 million to the state scholarship board as outstanding allowances and logistics for the payment of the students across the 44 local government areas of the five emirates in the state.

The State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who briefed reporters on the outcome of the weekly SEC meeting held at the Council Chamber, Government House, Kano, said a total of 40,494 indigenous students would benefit from the scholarships.

He stated that the total outstanding scholarship for the 40,494 internal students from Karaye, Bichi, Rano, Kaya and Kano in the 44 local government areas of the state is N836.2 million, while logistics for the payment is more than N29.2 million.

Malam Garba said Karaye Emirate has eight local government areas with 3,094 students who will have N61.5 million outstanding allowances and more than N4 million as logistics.

“Bichi Emirate, with nine local government areas and 3,494 students, will receive above N71.2 million as outstanding allowances and a little above N4 million for logistics.

The commissioner also listed the allowances and logistics for the 4,015 students from Rano Emirate with 10 local government areas put at N78.4 million and N4 million respectively, while Gaya Emirate, which has nine local government areas with 4,260 students will receive more than N86.2 million as outstanding allowances and N4 million for logistics.

He said the Kano Emirate, with eight local government areas, has outstanding scholarship allowances for 26,086 students and will receive about N539 million and logistics in respect of the payment amounting to N13.1 million.

Also, the state government has declared Monday, August 1 2022, as work-free day to mark the beginning of 1445 Islamic (Hijrah) New Year.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made the announcement in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba yesterday.

The statement said the first lunar month of the New Islamic Year, Muharram, commences tomorrow.

The governor congratulated all Muslims in Kano State on the spiritual significance of the occasion, which he said: “calls for self-assessment.”

He urged Muslims to avail themselves of the opportunity offered by the holiday to seek Allah’s forgiveness, and pray for His intervention to salvage the country from the lingering security challenges and improvement in the general well-being and progress of the state and the country.

Ganduje assured residents of his administration’s readiness to assiduously continue to deliver on its promise to improving their living standards through the execution of people-oriented programmes and projects.

The statement also urged those that are yet to obtain their voter’s cards to do so in order to be able to exercise their franchise in next year’s general election.