Commissioner awards scholarships to 50 varsity students in Ebonyi
Commissioner for Abakaliki Capital City Development Authority (ACCDA), Onyekachi Nwebonyi, has awarded university scholarships to no fewer than 50 students from Mbeke, Ishieke, in Ebonyi Council of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the event at Mbeke in Ishieke Community, yesterday, the commissioner also donated empowerment items to indigent youths, widows and less privileged members of the community.
While presenting cheques and the empowerment items to the beneficiaries, Nwebonyi urged them to use the items judiciously to enhance their livelihoods and economic status.
He urged the beneficiaries of the scholarship grants to shun illicit activities that could derail their academic programmes and admonished them to study hard and make good grades.
Nwebonyi, immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected with Governor David Umahi to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2020, said he was spurred to embark on the programme to reduce the poverty level in the community.
“Before now, there was a high level of crime in the area occasioned by poverty. But, I discovered that there is a gap between leaders and the led, especially the youths who are mostly idle, he said.
“So, as a leader, I felt that we should make provision for other people’s children. We just can’t be providing for our own children, because our children are not safe if others are not properly engaged,” he said.
He explained that since 2016, he had been empowering youths when he became state chairman of a party and “now as Commissioner, I have given no fewer than 484 motorcycles, a car and built houses for 37 families.
“We have produced over 20 graduates under my scholarship programme, while 30 students are still pursuing various degree programmes in different Nigerian universities.”