The Association of Kano state sponsored
students India ( AkaSSI) has written an open
letter to Governor Umah Ganduje.
In the letter dated 1st April, 2017 and
signed by Ibrahim Aminu Shehu, the
students sent on scholarship abroad by the
Kano State Government said they are facing
untold hardships. Their situation is so bad
that they might be forced to turn to begging
on the streets.
“On be half of the entire students
studying in 5 respective universities
within India, permit me to write this
letter without following an official
protocol. Because we lack any
official way to deliver our complain
to you. Sir, we have sent several
letters through your SAs, Media aids,
commissioners and scholarship
board. All efforts were puts but to no
We have no option rather than to send it
openly, so that it could reach your table as
early as possible through media.
In fact, our monthly upkeep allowances,
have not been remitted for 13 months.
Consequently we have found ourselves in an
untold hardship, between the devil and deep
blue see, we have no ward to explain the
degree of our hardship. Actually, we might
turn from students to street beggars, by
considering the level of our poor parents
who can’t afford to helps us due to the
current situation of economic recession in
Nigeria. Some of us lost their parents, so
they are orphans.
Moreover, India is over populated country
were someone could find it difficult to have
part time job that will help him to earn for a
We are currently surviving under huge debt,
from near by Shope clarks, and university.
Fortnight ago, we stormed the international
secretariat of our school seeking for their
help as they have been the one offering a
little help so far but they said now things
are no longer within their affordability.
They said ” we gave advance payment some
months ago, you signed to refund it
immediately after getting your upkeep. But
you don’t receive it till now.
“We can’t add you any thing, more so, no
body will have his degree certificate unless
he clear his dues, what so ever the case
They added that; “In the history of this
university they haven’t witnessed foreign
students that are internationally disgraced
and left to their fate like us”
More so, some of us have started their final
year Project research, but they are facing
massive hindrance and obstacles because it
needs financial contributions.
As I’m writing this letter, I have no sure of
how, and where I can manage to have a
lunch tomorrow, like wise my friends.
We are lurking to follow some of the streets,
just to avoid the public embracement as
well as harassment by our debtors. As now
India is a country where you can’t say what
will happen to you for sure even when at
peace with everyone.we are afraid of local
attack by the debtors if the condition persist.
Your Excallency, you met us on 22nd
August 2016 at Oberoi Hotel New Delhi,
were you promised to send us some of our
5 months backlog allowances as soon as
you get back to Kano, we relaxed and keep
expecting to hear from you till now
Since then we are trying hard to contact
scholarship board on daily bases.
Unfortunately, the Executive Secretary
Scholarship board( Prof. Fatima Umar) and
co. are refusing to pick up our calls as
every time ,or with unwelcoming words of
response if we are lucky enough they
answer the call.
We hope this letter will reach your desk as
early as possible so that you can be able to
rescue our lives.
At the end we urge all the concerned
authorities to temper the justice with mercy.
Ibrahim Aminu Shehu