By Uzo Ugwunze
Oba (Idemili South LGA), Dec. 2, 2020 (MOI) A Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Anambra State Governor on Political Matters, Mrs Ebele Ejikeme has awarded scholarship to no fewer than 63 students of Oba origin.
The recipients are 22 students of Merchants of Light School (MLS), Oba, 21 students of Anglican Girls Secondary School (AGSS), Oba, and 20 pupils of St. Paul’s Primary School, Oba.
The beneficiaries were selected from among the less privileged and most brilliant students including the overall best students in the last academic year.
In a speech, while presenting the cheques that covered tuition fees for this first academic term, Mrs Ejikeme said she was directed by God to embark on the project.
She said that the scholarship would continue until their graduation, provided the students continue to be of good behaviour and take their studies seriously.
“Over the past 18 years I have been giving succour to the less privileged, orphans and widows. I do pursue Justice for widows.
“You cannot take the property of a widow when I am around; I have authority from the Bible-Exodus 22:22, 23, which says you should not afflict a widow.
“You need Jesus Christ, no matter what you intend to achieve in life whether to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer without Jesus in your life you are wasting your time.’’
Mrs Ejikeme became nostalgic at Anglican Girls Secondary School, Oba, her alma mater, where she listed many dignitaries that had passed through the school.
She promised to give scholarship to the best graduating student who would also perform well at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination and to pursue a course in the university.
Mrs. Ejikeme promised special gifts for the best student of each subject, best teachers and to pay the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) fees of those in her scholarship list.
Meanwhile, at St Paul’s Primary and Secondary School, the Anglican Archdeacon of Oba, Venerable Dave Udo-Ezika, the Principal, Rev. Ifeanyi Molokwu and Head teacher, Mrs Gozie Onwuemeli received the cheques on behalf of the pupils.
Rev. Molokwu thereafter called on public spirited individuals to emulate Mrs Ejikeme, saying that giving scholarship to the less privileged to eradicate illiteracy and reduce crime was better than slaughtering cattle during the yuletide season.
At MLS, Oba, the Principal, Mr ThankGod Ekwunife described the SSA as god send and helper, who had become a blessing to the school and the beneficiaries.
He added that such would bring healthy competition among students to perform better.
Principal AGSS, Oba, Mrs Chinwe Anyabolu said that Ejikeme’s visit had revived rekindled spirit of some students, who sometimes relapse into inferiority complex whenever they mix with friends at the private schools.
A beneficiary and a Junior Secondary School (JSS) class 2 student, Miss Franca Chukwuwetalu from AGSS, Oba, after a vote of thanks prayed that God should grant the donor her heart’s desires.(MOI)