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KADUNA STATE SCHOLARSHIP AND LOANS BOARD, 2018
A LAW TO PROVIDE FOR THE KADUNA STATE SCHOLARSHIP AND LOANS BOARD, 2018
[16th February, 2018] [COMMENCEMENT]
PART I – PRELIMINARY
BE IT ENACTED by the House of Assembly of Kaduna State as follows:
“Annual Work Plan” means the annual programme of activities relating to the payment of students scholarships as approved by the Board;
“Board” means the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loan Board established under section 4 of this Law;
“Commissioner” means the Commissioner responsible for Education matters in the State;
“Education” when construed in relation to the Ministry, shall include Science and Technology;
“Governor” means the Governor of Kaduna State;
“Member” means a member of the Board and includes the Chairman;
“Scholarship” means non-refundable financial award and/or sponsorships to students including a bursary or annual award approved by the State;
“State” means Kaduna State of Nigeria;
“Student” means any student of the State undergoing studies in recognised and accredited educational institution either within or outside;
“Student Loan” means concessional loans granted to students in accordance with Sections 5 (iii) and 25 of this Law.
PART II – ESTABLISHMENT, COMPOSITION, POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD
Establishment of the Board
(2) The Board shall:
(a) be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a Common Seal;
(b) may sue and be sued in its corporate name;
(c) hold, acquire and manage moveable and immoveable property.
Functions and powers of the Board
(i) To advertise in print and electronic media, receive and process applications for scholarship and loans by students;
(ii) To award scholarships to students, subject to possession of valid admission, to enable them study in any institution within and outside Nigeria;
(iii) To collaborate with financial institutions to set up a student’s loan scheme to facilitate access to concessional loans by students and teachers on study leave without pay to finance their studies;
(iv) To liaise with educational institutions within and outside Nigeria for information sharing in order to enhance the performance of its functions under this Law;
(v) To review the progress of its activities and programmes and report to the Commissioner;
(vi) To recommend changes and/or additions to current programmes especially the Annual Work Plan;
(vii) To collaborate with the Local, State and Federal Governments and their Agencies on matters relating to student scholarship and loans;
(viii) To implement any State policy that gives priority to student scholarship and loans;
(ix) To offer advice to the Commissioner on all matters relating to the award of scholarships and the operation of the students loan scheme; and
(x) To perform such other functions as may be considered necessary or expedient to achieve the objectives of this Law.
Membership of the Board
(a) A Chairman
(b) The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for education matters in the State to serve as Vice Chairman;
(c) One representative each, not below the rank of a Director, of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies responsible for:
(i) Establishment and Training;
(iii) Budget and Planning;
(iv) Justice; and
(v) Local Government;
(d) One member each representing the three Senatorial Districts of the State, at least one of whom shall be woman
(e) Two representatives of the particular Banks; and
(f) The Executive Secretary to serve as Member/Secretary to the Board.
Cessation of Membership
(a) he resigns his appointment as a member by a notice in writing addressed to the Governor;
(b) he has by reason of mental or physical infirmity become incapable of discharging his duties;
(c) he has been convicted of an offence which involves dishonesty;
(d) he has been involved in any act that may be considered inimical to the interest of the Board or the State;
(e) he has become bankrupt or made a compromise with his creditors;
(f) he is removed by the Governor who is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so; and
(g) in the case of a person who becomes a member by virtue of the office he holds, ceases to hold that office.
9.(1) The Board shall hold such number of meetings as may be necessary for the effective discharge of its functions, provided that it shall hold at least one meeting in each quarter of a year.
(2) At a meeting of the Board:
(a) the Chairman shall preside;
(b) where the Chairman is not present, or if the office of the Chairman is vacant, the Vice Chairman shall preside and in the absence of both, the members present and voting shall choose one person from amongst themselves to preside over the meeting.
(3) Every question at a meeting of the Board shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members present and voting, and in the case of any equal division of votes, the presiding chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
(4) Not less than a simple majority of members may by notice in writing signed by them request the Chairman to call for a special meeting of the Board for the purpose set out in the notice and the Chairman shall thereupon call such a special meeting.
(2) Every committee appointed under sub-section (1) of this section, shall be prescribed over by a member of the Board and shall be made up of a number of persons, not necessarily members of the Board as the Board may determine in each case.
Powers to co-opt
Validity of proceedings
PART IV – MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF THE BOARD
(2) The Executive Secretary shall be the Accounting Officer and Chief Executive of the Board and responsible for the execution of the policies of the Board, the general management of its day to day affairs and shall carry out such functions as the Board may direct.
Staff of the Board
(b) The staff of the Board shall be public servants in the service of the State, and be paid in accordance with the conditions of service of the State.
PART V – FINANCIAL PROVISIONS
Establishment of the Fund
(2) There shall be paid and credited into the fund of the Board:
(a) such sums as may be appropriated to it by the State House of Assembly;
(b) all such monies paid to the Board by way of grants, donations, gifts, subsidies, charges, fees, subscriptions, interests and royalties;
(c) all monies which may vest in the Board under any enactment; and
(d) all other sums which may in any manner become payable to the Board in respect of any matter incidental to its powers or functions under this Law.
(2) The Board shall prepare in respect of each financial year statement of accounts in such forms as the Commissioner may approve.
(3) The said annual statement of accounts shall be fair and accurate statement of the financial position and of the result of the operations of the Board for the financial year to which it relates.
(2) On or before the 30th of June of each year, the Board shall submit to the Commissioner an annual report of its activities for the preceding year along with a copy of the audited accounts.
PART VI – MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Powers to make Guidelines
(i) The categories of Scholarships approved by the State;
(ii) Priority Courses and/or Programmes;
(iii) Eligibility for the award of domestic Scholarship;
(iv) The procedures and other requirements for the award of Scholarship and studies loans;
(v) The list of accredited institutions within the country;
(vi) The operations, tenor and interest rates applicable to the Loan Scheme;
(vii) Eligibility and criteria for International Scholarships;
(viii) Bonds and other repayment and service instruments to be executed by the beneficiaries; and
(ix) Such other details or information as may be necessary for the effective and efficient performance of the Board.
Directions by the Governor
DATED AT KADUNA this 16th day of February, 2018
MALAM NASIR AHMAD EL-RUFA’I, OFR
Governor, Kaduna State.
(This note does not form part of this Law and has no legal effect)
The purpose of this Law is to establish the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board and enlarge its functions to include the setting up of a students’ loans scheme in collaboration with financial institutions.
This printed impression has been carefully compared with the Bill which has passed the Kaduna State House of Assembly and found to be true and correctly printed copy of the said Bill.
HON. AMINU ABDULLAHI SHAGALI BELLO ZUBAIRU IDRIS Esq.
(Speaker) (Clerk to the Legislature)