Students numbering 318 drawn from across the 17 local government areas of Enugu State have received scholarship bursaries from Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
The deputy president of the Senate who spent the sum of N38.5m on the beneficiaries at the 2017 Ikeoha Foundation Adult Literacy Day held at Udi Local Government Secretariat, Udi, gave out N40,000 to each student.
Presenting the cheques and other items to the students, Senator Ekweremadu stressed the importance of education, pointing out that there is no age limit aspiring to acquire education.
Ekweremadu who also empowered some adult learners from his non-governmental organisation, Ikeoha Foundation, explained his reasons for the gesture. “I want to show that no time is late to go to school. I pray that these (adult) students would take-up positions of authority in no distant time. For some people, their parents had to sell lands for them to go to school but now there is help. One day I may be tired of Ikeoha Foundation and I hope one of these people will take up the foundation.”
Thanking the constituents from his Enugu West Senatorial zone for their support, he described the occasion as a time to show his appreciation. “It’s time for giving back. I appreciate any support I get from my people. I couldn’t have achieved this much today without education. It liberated me to speak anywhere and with anybody in any part of the world without feeling intimidated,” he said.
Present at the occasion were Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, traditional rulers, some members of the Enugu State Executive Council , National Assembly members from Enugu State, among others.
Highlights of the event include march-past and spelling contest by the Ikeoha foundation’s adult education learners.
The beneficiaries comprised 300 students from polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Federal College of Dental Technology, all in Enugu and 18 university undergraduates from the 17 local government areas.