Youths who have benefitted from a scholarship scheme offered by wife of the Enugu State governor, Mrs. Monica Ugochi Ugwuanyi, this week held a special thanksgiving service to show their gratitude and pray to “God to bless her for her benevolence”.
The beneficiaries who could not hide their joy, joined women of the state at their monthly prayer rally on Monday, September 9, to also offer prayers for the state.
Speaking at the event held at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, one of the beneficiaries, Miss Winifred Maduko, a first class graduate, stated that Mrs. Ugwuanyi’s gesture has helped her to meet her educational need in spite of her poor background.
Miss Maduko disclosed that the scholarship scheme, tagged “Project 102”, has offered scholarship to 105 candidates since it commenced in 2016.
She commended Mrs. Ugwuanyi for her philanthropic disposition on behalf of other beneficiaries, adding that the importance of education as a poverty-alleviating tool cannot be over-emphasized
Another beneficiary, a physically-challenged person, Ada Chigozie, appreciated the governor’s wife, saying: “I want to thank God for what our Mummy, Her Excellency, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, has done in our lives. On behalf of my colleagues, I pray that God will bless her and our governor. They will never lack and God will continue to replenish their pockets.”
In her speech, Mrs. Ugwuanyi disclosed that the scholarship scheme was born out of her passion to assist indigent persons to enable them to realize their dreams.
She disclosed that the selection for the scholarship were neither influenced by creed nor political affiliation, noting that her motive was purely humanitarian, and driven by the vision to ensure that the poorest in the society are given an opportunity to excel.
Explaining how the scheme came about, Mrs. Ugwuanyi said: “We came into the villages during school hours and saw children out of schools. We started asking questions and were told that they were out of schools. It is true that in Enugu state, education is free at least to basic level but there are certain fees to be paid. We provided uniforms, sandals, bags, books and other writing materials”.
She enjoined the people to be selfless and extend helping hands to the needy to make the world a better place.
The event also featured raffle draw and the winners went home with washing machine, blender, grinding machine, cooker, while some people were empowered with some items to start a business.