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47 Kano trained female medical doctors returned from Sudan

  • Kano anti- corruption agency begins probe of alleged fraud in foreign scholarship payment

About forty-seven (47) Kano female indigenes trained Medical Doctors have graduated from Sudan and arrived, Kano on Friday.

Solacebase reports that the students who left for Sudan since 2014, successfully completed their MBBS programme at Al-Ahfad, Al-Razi and Undurman Universities, after clearing hitches they faced due to incomplete fees for their studies inherited from past administration in the state.

This was according to a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar on Saturday.

The statement said the completion of their program was made possible when the Executive Chairman of the Kano State Public  Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, alongside the Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Mariya Mahmud Bunkure, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education, Usaini Jarma and representative of the State Scholarship Board, went to Sudan a few weeks ago, to see to the payment of the outstanding bills of the young graduates before they were cleared by their universities.

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‘’They arrived Kano, through Malam Aminu Kano International (MAKIA) from Sudan en route Abuja, around 11 pm on Friday, accompanied by Kano state delegates under the leadership of Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, whose faces were full of joy and feeling of fulfilment, ‘’the statement said.

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‘’From the airport, they were conveyed to the State Anti-Graft’s Kano Anti-Corruption Institute, Gorondutse in Kano metropolis. Where they met their parents and were officially handed over to their parents by the state government.’’

‘’During the handing over ceremony Barrister Rimingado assured that the state government is determined and ready to unearth any alleged sharp practices associated with foreign scholarship programmes emanated from the past administration. ‘’

“His Excellency, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje vows to sanitize the process of paying any outstanding fees left behind by the past administration, so that taxpayers money will be accounted for. That is why the governor directed our office to come into the exercise,” Rimingado said.

“Parents should know that, out of the total sum of over $2 million meant for this particular exercise, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration paid over half of the money. That is over $1 million was paid,” he reveals.

‘’According to the State Anti-Corruption Commission Executive Chairman, his agency would continue investigating what transpired in the whole process. Vowed that anyone found wanting “…will face the music. No stone will be left unturned,” he assured.

‘’He further hinted that, all the students behaved very well while in Sudan, explaining further that, “We didn’t get any disturbing information about them. They represented our dear state and the country in general very well. They were good Ambassadors in all fronts.”

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In the statement,  Commissioner for Higher Education Dr Mariya Bunkure, acknowledged the administration’s effort in helping the trained Medical Doctors complete their studies successfully.

Chairman of the Patents Forum of the returning Medical Doctors Ahmad Baffa Usman, thanked governor Ganduje for fulfilling the promise he made to the students, who were stranded in Sudan.

Usman said “We are very grateful to His Excellency, the able governor of Kano State Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR, for his deep concern about us and our and his children. He proved to be a very caring father to all his children.”

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After commending governor’s timely intervention, he also praised, on behalf of all the parents, the Executive Chairman of the state Anti-Corruption Agency, Barrister Rimingado, “We are also very grateful to the Executive Chairman of the State Anti-Corruption Commission, Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, for his untiring efforts in making sure that the outstanding payments for our children were effected in the most transparent manner.”

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