By Okoli Sunday
Ogboji (Orumba South LGA), March 16, 2021 (MOI) A non-governmental organisation, Chris and Clara Ezike Foundation, has paid the 2021 West African Examination Council (WAEC) fees for no fewer than 48 students of Community High School, Ogboji.
The Director/CEO of the foundation, Chief Chris Ezike, a retired Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) and his wife, Dr (Mrs) Clara Ezike presented a cheque for N789, 000 to the principal of Community High School, Ogboji at a brief ceremony held at his Akudo Residence, Ogboji.
In his speech, Chief Ezike said that the programme, an annual event was conceived to support the educational development of the students as well as to assist parents who might find it difficult to pay for their ward’s WAEC fees.
According to him, we have embarked on the programme as a way of providing relief to most of the parents and guidance, burdened by poverty in limiting their ability to pay such fees.
The Caretaker Community Chairman, Ogboji Town Union, Mr Marcellinus Emechebe extolled the efforts of the foundation in offering relief to the parents and students.
He urged the benefiting students to take advantage of the opportunity that they have been offered with the payment of the WAEC fees, and work hard in order to be successful in the examination.
Lending his voice, a veteran Nollywood actor, Mr Obi Okoli, who is from the community, described the ceremony as symbolic.
He said that education was arguably the most critical element in nation building, noting; “he who helps in the educational development of a child has helped in building a nation’’.
Emechebe prayed to God to continue to bless the initiators of the foundation.
Earlier, the Principal of the school, Mrs Ebele Loretta Ezike was full of appreciation to Chris and Clara Ezike Foundation for always assisting the school.
She said the foundation built a Chemistry Laboratory in the school which had helped to improve the academic performance of the students.
The principal went further to present the WAEC results of the last beneficiaries of the foundation.
One of the benefitting students, little Miss Nkechi Oguchi, was full of praises to the foundation.
According to her, this gesture will save most of the students from dropping out of school, on account of the inability of our parents from paying their WAEC fees. The ceremony was attended by Prince SN Uchendu, Mr Emma Mbachu, Associate Prof. Chidi Okeke, Staff members and students of the school. (MON)