Obiano Presents N11m Scholarship Cheques To Students, Widows


No fewer than 82 students and pupils of Anambra origin have received scholarship and incentives of about N11 million from Gov. Willie Obiano.
Obiano while presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, said that the state government was consolidating on the gains already recorded in the education sector to break new grounds.
He said that the beneficiaries were students and pupils who had distinguished themselves in various academic fields, competitions and in discipline as well as physically-challenged students from special schools in the state.
Others who benefited from the scholarship were children orphaned in the 2012 Boko Haram killings in Mubi, Adamawa state as well as those whose parents died in active service.
He said that the money giving to those children who lost their parents would be in keeps for them.
He said that his administration had resolved to always remain sensitive to the pulse of the people and to ensure that no Anambra child would be denied education on the basis of their inability to afford such.
“I am very proud that for the past three years, Anambra has remained tops in both WAEC and NECO exams. We shall continue to build solid foundations for such progress to continue.
“It is also an opportunity to sympathise with the citizens that were forced to come down here.
“This is because of the challenges we are having in the North-East geopolitical zone of the country. This gesture is to show them that we also share in their loss.
“Before now, we have been distributing food items to them and this largesse is to tell them that we are not going to leave them’’, Obiano said.
Earlier, Prof. Kate Omenugha, the state Commissioner for Education, said that the education sector was able to register numerous landmarks in the state.
Omenugha said that this was not only because the governor had remained committed to the academic development of the students but also to the welfare of the teachers.
“Since this administration came into office, it has distributed over N30 million in scholarships. Some of these scholarships were inherited from the past administration and in the light of continuity, it upheld them while others it instituted through the ministry.
“This edition is unique in that, it encompasses special students.
“This is keeping to the present administration’s commitment to ensure that the learning needs of all are met irrespective of status’’, Omenugha said.
A beneficiary, Chiagozie Udorji, an SS1 student of Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, who was part of Nigeria’s contingent to the 2015 World School’s Debate in Singapore, thanked the government for the encouragement.
Kelvin Anozie, a student on scholarship for emerging the overall best Igbo student in the 2008 WAEC Exam, said that the investments made in the education sector was the driving factor behind their successes.
He assured that they would continue to utilise the scholarship to make the state proud.
Mrs Agatha Aghachi, one of the widows from Adazi-Nnukwu who received incentives on behalf of her five children, said that the fund would go a long way in supporting her children’s education.
She described the governor as God-sent, adding that life had been hard for her since she lost her husband.