The Kebbi Government has paid N600 million backlog of tuition and registration fees for indigents of the state studying in various tertiary institutions of learning within and outside the country.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Alhaji Maigari Dakingari, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.
He reiterated that the payment would be sustained as part of efforts to improve the standard of education, adding that government would continue to support indigent students to acquire education.
Alh Dakingari said no fewer than 5,000 students benefited from the grant and he however, appealed to the beneficiaries to endeavour to study hard.
The commissioner said the payment was made to tertiary institutions including Ahmadu Bello University, Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto and Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto.
Others include Alkalam University Katsina, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero, and Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi.
He said students on scholarship studying in Indian and Sudan also benefitted from the payment.