The committee set up by the Sokoto State Government to verify the actual number of students entitled for scholarship has uncovered 706 fake students and those not qualified for the scheme, thereby saving almost N30 million of tax payer's money.
Making this known while presenting the report to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in Sokoto, chairman of the committee, Ambassador Shehu Wurno, said the committee visited 40 tertiary institutions within and outside the country and verified 14, 532 state indigenes qualified for the scholarship.
In his remarks, Governor Tambuwal said his administration will continue to give priority to the education sector.
He said as part of government's commitment to boost funding, education levy was introduced by the government where civil servants and political office holders are taxed to complement other sources of funding.
The Governor assured that all the recommendations of the committee will be implemented by the government.
While commending the members of the committee for a diligent job, Tambuwal said no investment in the education sector is too much to make.
He equally tasked commentators to always cross check facts before going public, adding that proper checks and balances have been put in place to ensure transparent handling of all public funds in the state.