50 indigent students from the 18 local government areas of Cross River State have been awarded scholarships by a charity organization, Florence Agogo Foundation.
The scholarship award is in collaboration with the National Association Cross River State Students (NACRISS) Worldwide.
They received the disbursements on Saturday night during a dinner organised by NACRISS.
The scholarship award covers school fees, faculty fees, student house rent, transportation fare and feeding, among others.
Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the organization, Mrs. Florence Agogo, said the gesture was an opportunity to positively affect the lives of fellow Nigerians and a modest way of improving the academic pursuits of indigent students of Cross River State origin.
She said, “Our areas of focus are healthcare, education and empowerment. We will try to.ensure that we sustain the annual awards to see how we can help to improve the academic sojourn of the indigents in our midst.
“The payment covers school fees, faculty fees, transportation, house rent, feeding and so on.
“This scholarship is yet opened to students of Cross River State origin studying in any recognized university in Nigeria.”
Chairman of the event, Special Adviser on General Duties to Cross River State governor, Mr. Ekpenyong Akiba, commended the organizers and sponsors of the award, saying they were complimenting government’s efforts in the educational subsector.
He disclosed that in spite of the current economic upheavals in the country, Governor Bassey Otu remains committed to his government’s obligations to education and students.
He confirmed that the state government is committed to payment of bursary awards, and provision of opportunities for home and overseas training to all deserving students.
“The award is commendable. Its a call for more responsibilities and it’s a way of encouraging us to do more as a government. This award would not have been possible without the impact and support of the governor.
” I implore the students and other youths to use their energies positively to support the government and be useful to their families and the society. I encourage them to also venture into different
skills acquisition programmes, trade and be self-reliant,” he said.
NACRISS President, Worldwide, Akpeke Peter, commended the Foundation for partnering with the association in providing all the necessary support to Nigerian students.
One of the beneficiaries, Precious Asuquo, thanked the Foundation and NACRISS for providing a platform where students are offered scholarships to support their upkeep in school.
“I want to say a big thank you to NACRISS and the Foundation. This will go a long way in helping us especially in this trying times,” she said.