KANO State Government has spent over N1.8 billion on Kano-sponsored students in Nigerian private universities who were abandoned by the administration of former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso.

The private universities are American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola, Crescent University, Al-Qalam University, Bells University of Technology, Otta and Igbinedion University, Okada.

This was disclosed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while presenting certificates to 20 students during the State Executive Council, SEC, meeting held at the Government House, Kano.

The students graduated from AUN, Yola, with two First Class grades and 18 Second Class Upper grades.

They were the set of students who were taken to the university during the administration of Kwankwaso with the payment of their tuition and other fees at less than 10 percent.

“When we came in, in 2015, we were told that all the students sponsored by the then administration, all their payments were settled 100 percent including these ones from the American University of Nigeria, Yola but the statement turned out to be half-truth,” he said.

In the case of the AUN students, Ganduje noted the percentage of what was paid for them was very insignificant.

“But we believe that they are our children, we must therefore pay over 80 percent for them to finish their studies, which we did,” he said.