Foundation, Rotary Club enrol 22 inmates for WAEC
The Ini Ememobong Foundation, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Uyo Metropolis, has enrolled 22 inmates of the Uyo Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service for the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC).
The benefitting inmates include 17 females and five males, currently serving various jail terms at the correctional facility on the Willington Bassey Way, Uyo.
The partners have also donated 965 school uniforms to students and several newwrappers to teachers of Union Secondary School in Ibiaku, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area.
Addressing the beneficiaries of the school uniforms in Ibiono Ibom, Chairman of Ini Ememobong Foundation and President of Rotary Club of Uyo Metropolis, Ini Ememobong, said the gesture was in line with the free and compulsory education policy of the state government.
Ememobong, who is also the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Akwa Ibom State, said the gesture was a call to service for public-spirited individuals to support the government’s efforts in extending the opportunity to be educated to every class of Akwa Ibom children.
He said: “This gesture is in support of what the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, is doing in the education sector. The government cannot do it alone. Therefore, people must rise to the occasion, and Rotary Club International realised that a long time ago and rose to the occasion globally.
“Her Excellency, the First Lady of our state, is also very passionate about the girl-child education, and the upholding of the dignity of the girl-child, therefore, this project is done to complement what she is doing for humanity through her NGO, FEYREP, so that our daughters can continue to look beautiful even in their school uniforms.”
The District Governor of Rotary District 9142, Dr. Okey Okonkwo, who also spoke on the occasion, said the collaboration had further helped the club to attain milestone achievements in its humanitarian services to the people.
“I am particularly thrilled by the number of the beneficiaries this single collaboration has been able to touch, and I want to commend the Ini Ememobong Foundation for this show of love to the students because I know that this would go a long way to enhance their welfare,” he said.
Earlier, the commissioner had led members of Rotary Club of Uyo Metropolis on a courtesy visit to the Department of History and International Studies at the University of Uyo, where he instituted and presented a cheque of N400,000 Rotary Peace Scholarship for Peace and Conflict Resolutions for masters and doctorate candidates studying in the department.
He said the scholarship award was instituted to help train people who would serve as qualified conflict managers to restore peace in areas where their services would be most needed.