Blind student, 59 others win Orji’s 2017 scholarship award
A blind second year student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Ifeanyi Frank Moama, was among the lucky 60 second batch beneficiaries of Senator Theodore Orji’s annual tertiary education scholarship scheme for his Abia Central constituents, who were given their cheques of N100, 000 each by at his constituency office in Umuahia, the state capital.
Chairman of the scheme’s committee and former commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr. Emma Nwabuko, in his address at the cheque presentation ceremony, explained that applications for the award were open to interested undergraduates from the zone comprising six local government areas, who filed in their applications online through forms accessible obtainable from the senator’s website.
Elated by the online mode of application, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, in his address, directed the state Scholarship Board to liaise with the committee towards adopting the online mode of application to select state scholarship beneficiaries.
The also governor directed that 10 young persons in each of the 17 local councils, including the physically challenged, to be selected through online application for the state scholarship award each year.
Ikpeazu urged beneficiaries of the Orji scholarship scheme to justify the award by excelling in their studies.
He lauded his predecessor for endowing the scheme within his short time in the senate, adding that his (Orji’s) scorecard within the period is intimidating.
Orji assured that the scholarship would subsist as long as he remains a senator, adding: “I wanted something that would be indelible, and education came to my mind. Education is what made me and would impact positively on the beneficiaries and enable them to be something in life.
“In the four years I am in the senate, not less than of 240 would benefit. What the beneficiaries owe me is excelling in their studies. Application for award is open to my constituents, no discrimination by sex, religion or political party affiliation, and I shall continue to fund this until I leave the senate.”
Elated by the award, the blind beneficiary simply identified as Mpama, a social science education student, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, thanked senator for his kind gesture.
Mpama said he was personally excited when the news of the award was broken to him and specifically prayed God to reward the person that guided him as he filed his application form online.
He also thanked the wife of thee governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, for assisting him at his critical time and canvassed that at least two physically challenged persons per local council be given assistance regularly.