Not fewer than 1050 students of Rivers State Origin have been awarded scholarships by the State Government in Nigerian Universities, while about 154 are to study abroad.
The figures were declared by the state Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Nemi during a meeting with the beneficiaries in her office recently in Port Harcourt.
The Education Commissioner stated that the state government is desirous of giving qualitative education to its citizens, noting that fees for the students which will last for three years ??? had been paid fully.
She commended the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi for his vision to improve all levels of the educational sector from the early child to the universities, by not only putting down infrastructure but also giving scholarships at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
Dame Nemi advised all the beneficiaries of the government scholarship, especially the post-graduate students to take their studies seriously with the view to returning with adequate knowledge or societal development.
In her words: “By the end of your studies you are expected to bring in the wealth of experiences and transfer it to the state”.
She remarked that without quality education, poverty and crime would remain unabated. She stressed that the government expects them to come back as the best brains that can compete with their counterpart elsewhere in the world.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Elder Frank Owajionye thanked the governor for the rear opportunity given to them to study in order to improve their wealth of knowledge for the new Rivers state University of Science and Technology (RSUST).
Elder Owajionye assured the commissioners that they will make the state proud and will not be disappointed. He however prayed that this gesture should continue and extend to other levels of the education sector to have an all round transportation in the education system of Rivers State.
The foreign scholarships included about six Ph. D students from RSUSt, which is part of the promise made by the state Governor when he visited the university in 2007.
Police Rescue Abducted Varsity Student
The Police Command in Cross River State on Monday confirmed the rescue of a 24-year-old law student of University of Calabar, by joint security operatives.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the development to newsmen in Calabar, said the victim, Deborah Effiom, was rescued from her abductors on Wednesday, September 14, after 13 days in captivity.
Ugbo said the rescue operation following intelligence report was carried out by a combined team of operatives from the Police, Army and Air Force.
She explained that the student was abducted by gunmen from her residence in Calabar Municipality Local Government Area, where she resides with her parents, on August 31, and taken to an unknown destination in her mother’s car.
The Command’s spokesperson disclosed that two of the five suspected kidnappers were killed during the rescue operation.
Ugbo also disclosed that the N5.05 million that was paid as ransom to secure her freedom as well as her mother’s car were also recovered from the abductors.
“They demanded money for their victim’s feeding and N50,000 was paid through a POS operator who is now in our custody.
“They further made a demand of N5 million ransom which was also paid to the POS operator who is their receiver, but they never knew that security operatives were on their trail all along.
“While two of the kidnappers were killed in the process of securing the girl’s release, three others escaped with bullet wounds.”
Ortom Blasts APC Guber Candidate Over Allegations
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State is to commence legal action against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia, and his campaign team over a recent damning statement against his person and office.
The APC governorship candidate in a statement by his Head of Communication, Alia ‘23, Mr Kula Tersoo, had accused Governor Ortom, of allegedly fleecing the state.
According to the statement, “Governor Ortom and his gang led by Speaker Titus Uba should be ready to tell the people of the state why as the Chief Executive of the state, he roguishly padded the wage bill of the state from N2.7billion to N7.8billion.
“Ortom should be ready to convince the Benue people on why he usually send thugs after the Senior Citizens he is owing over 30 months of pensions and gratuity anytime they are out for peaceful protests.”
Reacting in a counter-statement, Governor Ortom through his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel, said “the statement in the media, credited to the Communications Team of the disputed governorship candidate and suspended priest, Hyacinth Alia of the APC in Benue State is puerile, unfounded and beer parlour conjectures. The author showed how desperate the APC is willing to market all sorts of barefaced lies to gain unhindered access to the state treasury.
“First, it is baffling that the campaign team of the suspended priest chose to deploy blackmail and falsehood as an art and weapon to ride to power in 2023. We find this absurd and should be completely out of tune with the character of one who wishes to be trusted with state power.
“Hyacinth Alia who has failed in the church and wants to take cover in the political space, now bandy humongous figures of money alleged to have been received and spent by the administration of Governor Samuel Ortom. This is cheap and it shows the level of desperation in that camp.
from electoral defeat in 2023.
“In any case, Alia is not in contest for the 2023 Benue Governorship seat because no primary election was conducted. Even at that, the PDP is strong enough to face any party at the polls next year.”
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