Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State said his government has in the last three and a half years established 26 institutes to empower the youths of the state.
Kwankwaso said this during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in Abuja.
He said some of the products of the institutes had been sent to universities abroad to improve their knowledge, following which they would return to impact their knowledge on other students in the state.
“We have established 26 institutes which were set up immediately I assumed office.
“The first is the Informatics Institute and we sent about 97 of the graduates to Kampala, Uganda were they got BSc. degrees.
“We have sent the second set of 581; when they return, we will employ them and send them to secondary schools to handle ICT”, he said.
He listed some other institutes as Sports, Livestock, Irrigation, Horticulture and Corporate Security among others.
According to him, the two state-owned universities have been involved in the programme in order to ensure sustenance.
He congratulated Prof. Suleiman Bogoro on his appointment as TETFund boss, saying that the Fund was key to the growth of tertiary education in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Prof. Bogoro said that the North-West zonal office of TETFund had been approved to be situated in Kano.
He reiterated that Kano was the first state in the northern region to establish two state-owned universities, adding the governor was education-friendly.
According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that TETFund should not be partisan in the disbursement of fund and interventions in tertiary institutions.
“State owned universities have benefited a lot from TETFund intervention irrespective of party affiliations.
“In the 2014 high impact intervention, the Kano State University of Science and Technology got the sum of N3billion.
“All state and federal universities will continue to receive their due from TETFund as the President has directed that such interventions should be party blind”, Bogoro said.
Chairman of TETFUND Governing Board, Dr. Musa Babayo, said TETFund’s intervention in tertiary institutions in Kano in the area of infrastructure had created access to over 27,000 students.