A cross section of the students at the event
Hon. Comrade Chinedu Ogah, member representing Ezza South /Ikwo Federal Constituency of Ebonyi state in the House of Representatives on Friday, disbursed over N14million education grants to over 200 tertiary students from his constituency.
The disbursement which took place in Abakaliki, the state capital, also had four students from Ohaozara and one from Afikpo North Local Government Areas of the state benefitting from the grants.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the lawmaker urged them to be dedicated to their studies and avoid acts that could jeopardise their future.
He noted that the grants were part of his 2020 constituency projects aimed at providing educational and social empowerments to members of the constituency and charged them to make judicious use of the fund.
Ogah reminded the students that they are the future leaders of the country who required fundamental leadership and educational training to enhance their capacity to lead.
He said: “In constituency projects you are allowed to fix money in a project; some can fix in training, some can fix it in supplying of fertilizers while some can fix it in buying cloths for their wives.
“But, I deemed it necessary because most of you are upcoming leaders; you are those that have the future, you are among those if you really chart your future, you are going to stand more than us in no distant time.
“This is why we have deemed it necessary to map out some money from the budgetary allocation of N50 million to give some scholarship grants to most of you.
“We did the part one of this scheme in December where we gave about 850 secondary school students education grants to assist them in their certificate examinations.
“We have received calls from most of those beneficiaries telling us that they made their exams.”
He further charged the students against channeling the fund in frivolous life styles but rather put it into good and effective use.
“Some of you here have planned what to do with the money. Some have planned how to buy Christmas items with it, while some of you who are boys have planned how to buy gifts for your girl friends and same with the girls; but, I want to tell you that it’s all about your future,” he added.
Chief Chinedu Ogah, addressing beneficiaries
The lawmaker urged the beneficiaries to use the grant to add value to their lives and plan well for their future and destinies.
No fewer than 200 students studying in various Nigerian private and public tertiary institutions received N60,000, while four overseas students received N500,000 each.