The Katsina State Government has approved N230 million for the payment of allowances to its students studying in universities in the country.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Director-General, Scholarship Trust Fund, Alhaji Shehu Muhammad, made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Katsina.
It said that the government had already disbursed N190 million to students of colleges of education, polytechnics and health institutions; putting the total sum released as scholarship allowance at N420 million.
The statement said that the scholarship was for the 2012/2013 academic session.
It urged the students to reciprocate the gesture through dedication to their studies, so as to pass their examinations and contribute meaningfully to nation building.
It also urged them to shun examination malpractice and become good ambassadors of the state in their respective institutions.
In a related development, the state government has approved the recruitment of additional teachers to meet the demand of its secondary schools.
The statement said that Gov. Ibrahim Shema disclosed this on Wednesday when he received National Executive Council members of the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools.
It said that the administration had so far recruited over 2,000 secondary school teachers in the past six years. NAN