The Jigawa government has approved over N1 billion for foreign scholarships and school infrastructure development projects in the state.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Sagir Musa, the Commissioner for Information, Youths, Sports and Culture, on Friday in Dutse.
He said the State Executive Council (SEC) approved the projects during its meeting on Thursday.
Musa said the SEC approved 534,372 dollars sequel to a memo presented by the Ministry of Higher Education seeking payment of tuition, accommodation, application fees and foreign students support services in respect of 184 indigent students tranfered from Sudan to Near East University, Cyprus.
He said the SEC also approved N312 million for the payment of 12 months living allowances, visa, air tickets and other logistics for travel arrangements of the affected students.
The commisissioner said the SEC equally approved N697.8 million counter part fund for the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
This, he said would facilitate construction of 156 new classrooms; renovation of 207 others, construction of 39 toilets, provision of 68 handpumps and boreholes as well as supply of 14,016 set of classroom furniture and perimeter fence in various schools across the state.
Musa said the Council further approved N73 million for hostels, senior staff quarters and library rehabilitation projects at two secondary schools.
He said the projects would also facilitate procurement and installation of solar powered pumps at Government Day Science Secondary School Hadejia and Kafin Hausa, respectively.