Some of the beneficiaries
By Sunny A. David
Over 200 students from the Omambala Region have benefited from Amakom Foundation Scholarship scheme.
The event which took place at Anambra East Council Headquarters, Otuocha, attracted thirty-nine public schools from the Omambala Region, parents and educationists amongst others.
The scholarships were awarded to students with the overall first position from each class of the thirty-nine benefitting schools.
Our correspondent reports that Amakom Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization that aims at improving the standard of living of people of the area through education, especially in the four local government areas that make up Omambala Region, namely Anambra East and West, Anyamelum and Oyi Local Government Areas.
Speaking during the event, the member in charge of Otuocha Zone of the Post Primary Schools Service Commission, Chief Joe Enemuo, who commended the foundation for the scholarships encouraged the students to remain focused on education and strive for excellence.
In their various remarks, the immediate past National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Chief Emejulu Okpalaukwu, the Transition Committee Chairman for Anambra East Local Government Area, represented by Mr. Dominic Eri, Zonal Directors of Education, Otuocha and Ogidi Zones represented by Mrs. Ngozi Okafor and Mrs. Cecilia Okaa, urged the students to be more committed in their studies to justify the money given to them by coming out with excellent results.
The benefactor, Mr. Emeka Asike, represented by Sir. Franklyn Asike, affirmed that he started the programme to raise the standard of education in the Omambala Region.
He stressed that within one year, the foundation has provided scholarships to about seven hundred students through the Tuition Assistance Programme, with the target to accommodate a minimum of one thousand students per term.
Some of the beneficiaries, including Oluebube Okonkwo and Emmanuel Nweke were full of gratitude to their benefactor.
The event climaxed with presentation of cash to the beneficiaries.