Ten Constituents Get Senator’s Scholarship
Education is a great tool in moulding the future of a society. Because, the more educated a society is, the more advanced it becomes. Due to the significance of education, governments at various levels spend huge amount of money to ensure that a vast majority of individuals get access to basic education at minimal cost.
However, Irrespective of the enormous contributions of the government to education at different levels, not all Nigerians can afford the cost of sponsoring their children and wards to higher institution of learning.
This situation have attracted the intervention of non-governmental organizations, corporate bodies, religious bodies and private individuals who in an attempt to complement the efforts of government provide scholarship to ensure that those who have the desire to further their education but have a challenge of inadequate finance get access to tertiary education within and outside the country.
It is on this note that the Senator George Thompson Sekibo’s scholarship scheme was initiated. The scholarship scheme which is part of the senator’s educational empowerment program has awarded scholarships to students faced with financial constraints to study in any Nigerian tertiary institution of their choices. But for the first time, the scheme took a step further by awarding scholarships to students to study outside the shores of Nigeria.
Sponsor of the scholarship scheme and Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Thompson Sekibo charged beneficiaries of the 2019/2020 undergraduate scheme to remain committed to their academic activities to get the best results.
Sekibo while presenting letters of scholarship award to ten students of the Les Cours Sonou University Institute, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, Stressed the need to use their time judiciously to achieve academic excellence, noting that hard work and discipline remain the bedrock of success in any endeavor.
He said, “You must strive to be a point of reference in your field. You have a task ahead of you to set records in your departments and you can only achieve that when you work hard and remain focused”.
Sekibo also charged beneficiaries to be worthy ambassadors of their family, the state and Nigeria in Diaspora, adding that they have a task of portraying a positive image of the country on the global stage.
He cautioned them to be regulated at all times, shun illegal activities, be decent and conduct themselves in a responsible manner.
He said, “You must be properly regulated and guide at all times. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner knowing that you’re an ambassador of your family, this state and Nigeria. We will ensure you’re monitored and if found wanting we will not hesitate to withdraw you”.
In his remark, a parent of one of the beneficiaries, Engineer Emmanuel Amatemeso appreciated Senator Sekibo for reaching out to youths who are determined to cause a change but are challenged financially, noting that, the senator was building a legacy that will outlive him.
Amatemeso noted that hard work, dedication and commitment guarantees success in all spheres, and urged the students to take their academic activities seriously.
He said, “It is a thing of joy that in these times when other political office holders seek to gather wealth for themselves and their unborn generations, Senator Sekibo has decided to do the spectacular and we can’t thank him enough. It’s important to reiterate that as students you must conduct yourself in an orderly manner. Success comes when you remain focused and committed to your studies”.
In his remark, chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Emohua Local Government Area, Hon. Emeka Orji appreciated the Senator for the scholarship award and charged beneficiaries to represent their family the state and Nigeria and remain committed to the purpose for which they are sent.
He said. “It’s a blessing to have a patriotic and compassionate leader who loves his people and would go at any length in ensuring that they have tangible reasons to smile. Senator Sekibo is a blessing to us and we thank God for all he is doing. To all beneficiaries, you must know the reason you’re sent to study outside the country Remain focused, shun indecency and other acts that would bring you shame”.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries of the scholarship award, Mr. Samson Kinikanwo thanked the Senator for his gesture and pledged that he and his colleagues will live up to the expectations placed on them.
He said, “We thank Senator Sekibo for this great opportunity. It is a great privilege and we promise to remain committed to our academic activities to ensure we don’t fail.”