Deserving students from the Ebonyi/Ohaukwu Federal Constituency in Ebonyi have been rewarded for excelling in the Mrs Elizabeth Ogbaga Quiz Competition for schools in the area.
Ogbaga, who represents the constituency in the House of Representatives, made the presentations in Abakaliki on Saturday.
She also donated self-empowerment facilities to youths who had concluded their Information Communication Technology (ICT) training and other vocations under her Youth Empowerment Programme.
For the quiz competition, Urban Comprehensive High School, Abakaliki, received a giant trophy and an undisclosed sum of money for coming first among the 33 contesting secondary schools.
Umuezeaka High School, Ngbo; Izzi High School, Abakaliki and Effium High School, Effium, also received various undisclosed sums of money for placing second, third and fourth respectively.
Certificates were also presented to the graduands of the ICT programme while power generating sets, barber’s tools and other self-empowerment facilities were presented to those who concluded their vocational training.
On the occasion, Ogbaga said the various educational programmes she had embarked upon were aimed at lifting the educational standards of the people of the area, especially the youth.
“It is also a collaborative gesture toward the state government’s educational policy, which is intended to unearth the hidden educational talents of students in the state,” she said.
The lawmaker remarked that the skills acquisition initiative was aimed at gainfully empowering the youth to attain a considerable level of economic independence.
“This initiative will also assist the government to solve its security problems as these youths will be gainfully employed and kept off from indulging in criminal activities,” she said.
Ogbaga called on political office holders in the state to use their positions to enhance the wellbeing of the people and contribute to the overall growth and development of the state.