Foundation Awards Scholarships To Indigent Students In Anambra State
By Chinwe Onuigbo, Awka
More than 58 indigent students from Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, have benefited from the scholarship scheme of a former Senator Ikechukwu Abana foundation.
It has been over eight years of the Foundation living up to the tenets of its motto, “Touching Lives Positively” with its vision as scholarship scheme for indigents.
The scheme covers both Secondary school and University students, financial empowerment for small scale entrepreneurs, particularly women, free medical health services for the sick, special health intervention scheme for patients with terminal health conditions, food assistance to the very poor and establishment of Centre for the Elderly for their good health, maintenance and welfare.
The scholarship was awarded to 35 undergraduates and 23 secondary school pupils. It will see each undergraduate go home with a cheque of N100,000 bursary every year.
A Catholic Priest Reverend Fr. Chukwukaodinaka Oragu described Senator Abana as a grassroots philanthropist, who could do anything that is beneficial for his people.
According to him, “the gesture is worthy of emulation.”
He said Senator Abana had left indelible marks in the hearts of the residents and that the the scholarship would put smiles on faces of the indigent.
For Oragu called on the people and Nigerians to always reach out to the less privileged in the society.
For Senator Abana, his passion for education motivated the gesture, saying it was through education that the best humanity could be felt.
According to him, there are brilliant students who cannot afford their fees or acquire university education and the responsibility is on the society to assist such students and their parents as education breeds development.
He added that the elderly have also benefited from the foundation scheme in ensuring that they maintain good body and challenged well-meaning individuals to take up the responsibility of looking after the poor and elderly.
The beneficiaries, expressed gratitude to Senator Abana and his foundation, saying that they are overjoyed to benefit from the kind gesture as it would go a long way to boost their livelihoods and economically grow the state as well as the nation.