Secretary General, National Association of Kaduna State Students, (NAKASS), Jeremiah Gwaza on Thursday expressed disappointment over the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The students body said, it is giving the governor 21 days notice to reverse his new policy on scholarship for indigenous students.
“Today we gathered here as a united force to address an issue that has long affected the welfare as well as the wellbeing of Kaduna State indigenous students schooling round the nation.
“We must understand that Scholarship has played a salient role in making this country. It has impacted meaningfully to its development from colonial era till date.
“As a matter of fact, it help in giving birth to most of our nationalists who fought
for the independence of this great Nation and that we strongly hold at heart.
“We all know scholarship was a major concern to our founding fathers prior independence and even after, as they insisted strongly on it.
“In fact we still hear old folks speak of how wonderful it was for them in those days. It was this same scholarship our governor enjoyed in the 70s as well. Its not in any human to deny fellow humans whatever privilege one enjoys such as scholarship.
“I read in one of the governor’s write ups where he said those who went abroad were actually those who couldn’t get space here in the country.
“Today, it is with a heavy heart we express our disappointment with the government of Malam Nasir El’Rufai to the general public over his neglect of tertiary students of this great state in his acclaimed educational reforms.
“This was the leadership we all
had very high expectations for as students in the aspect of scholarship.
“But to our disappointment, since the inception of his administration, every appropriation bill had an allocation for scholarship. But no payment was ever recorded made to local students which has led to the lugubrious hardship amongst our students especially orphans, less privileged, those whose parents were retrench from
the state civil service by his administration.
“The Government of Mall. Nasir El’Rufai introduced a new scholarship towards the end of 2017 which was categorized into Merit (for those with 3.5 upward), Need Base (for those with 3.49 down ward), also for sport category and special for people with disability”, he said.
He however, “demand the refund of N500 paid to the scholarship Board
by almost 50,000 students to purchase scholarship forms which was
never granted. Refund should be made to their personal accounts as
we all know some of them have graduated and others even are no
“In the light of the above, we are giving the state government an ultimatum of 21 days (which ends on Thursday
November 1, 2018) to meet our demands as failure to do so, we shall, without compromise shutdown the 3 zones in the State ubiquitously
until our needs are met. This is not a promise, it is our decision.”