The government of Kano has sponsored 100 students for undergraduate studies at a private university in Ogun state. The government says it hopes education will distract the youth from the lure of terrorism.
One hundred indigent students have been awarded scholarships by the Kano State government for undergraduate studies at the Bell University, Ota, Ogun state.
This was revealed by the Deputy Director, Ministry of Education, Mr Musa Gambo, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota.
According to Gambo, the scholarship scheme, which would cost the government N120 million annually, war awarded based on merit.
“The scholarship is based on merit, because various universities were invited to conduct test for the students and only those that passed the test were given scholarship,” he said.
Gambo said the government's ultimate aim is to enlighten its youth so as to discourage them from joining the Boko Haram sect.
“An educated person will be difficult to be convinced to join Boko Haram, because he or she is enlightened to know what is wrong and what is right."
He added that the state is sponsoring other students at Crescent University, Ogun, American University of Nigeria, Yola, and Igbinedion University, Benin City, Edo, all private universities.
Gambo added that the students are all doing well.