Ebonyi Speaker disburses cash to undergraduates for tuition fees


The speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly 
Rt Hon Chief Francis Nwifuru has disbursed millions of Naira to about one hundred undergraduate in various higher Institutions of learning across the country under his scholarship programmes.

The event which took place today at Speaker's lodge  in Abakaliki saw the beneficiaries smiling home with the sum of about seventy thousand Naira and one hundred and ten thousand naira according to each person's school fees .

The Speaker who was represented by his wife Mrs  Uzoamaka Nwifuru said the Speaker instituted the scholarship program due to ugly experience he had during his earlier school days and does not want any other person to go through such difficulties in paying school fees especially the less privileged and vunerable individuals.

Rt Hon Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru who represent Izzi West Constituency further stated that the gesture equally aimed at alleviating the financial burden and at the same time help in repositioning  their future.

The State Chief lawmaker while tasking the beneficiaries on academic Excellence said he usually denied himself the luxury of living, scholarship payment and told them to count themselves lucky and never to abuse the previledge and announced reward for any first class students.

Also Speaking, the state Attorney General and commissioner for Justice Bar Cletus Ofoke  and the chairman Ebonyi Local Government Area Chief Mrs Chinyere Nwogbaga appreciated Rt Hon Speaker for what they described as uncommon generosity and urged the beneficiaries to urgently channel the money into the purpose it is meant for and to reciprocate the gesture by been a good ambassador of Chief Francis Nwifuru in their various Institutions .

They also tasked the students to think outside the box on how to be self reliance after graduation rather than depending on their paper qualifications and prayed God to bless the speaker abondantly.

Earlier in a remark , the chairman Onwa Ofefekpe Foundation Hon Kenneth Nwovu said that the scholarship Scheme is annual event and that it involves total payment of beneficiaries school fees with about one hundred beneficiaries cut across the state.

In his goodwill message the former Commissioner for water resources Hon Sunday Inyima lauded the speaker for his uncommon gesture and pleged his support for him and advised the students to avoid social vices such as drug abuse     and other related vices and take their study seriously.

One of the beneficiaries and six hundred level students of the department of Medicine and Surgery Ebonyi State University Mr Jerome Oriji who was given the sum of one hundred thousand naira only on behalf of the benefitting Students expressed gratitude to Speaker for the gesture and promised that the money. will be judiciously  used in the course of their studies and prayed God to reward  Chief Nwifuru abundantly.

Others who spoke at the event include Hon Simon Iseh, Hon Richard Idike, Dr Apostle Awam, HRH Eze Sunday Oketa who all poured encomiums on the Speaker whom they discribed as a role model of other political office holders and that Rt Hon Francis Nwifuru has laid the foundation for the development of people around him.

The event attracted some Stakeholders from Izzi Clam including some traditional rulers and political office holders.

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