By Jude Atupulazi
At least 600 students of Igwebuike Grammar School, Awka, Anambra State, have been offered scholarship by a Chinese Engineering Firm, Mo Zhotian Construction Company.
The Managing Director, Tu Makuan, said the scholarship, which is for students between SS1 to SS3, would run for an academic session.
He added that the gesture, which, he said was part the firm’s corporate social responsibility, was in line with Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s free education policy.
‘We’re the company constructing Solution Fun City. Whenever I’m driving to our construction site close to your school, I’m always attracted to your school.
‘I’m here to announce the sponsorship of school fees of students from SS1 to SS3 for one academic year. If we get more jobs, we do more for you. This is part of our corporate social responsibility,’ he added.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, said the philanthropy from the firm followed the commitment of both teachers and students of the school.
She thanked the firm for their magnanimity, urging others to emulate such gesture.
She said, ‘I have passion for the school because of your dedication to your studies. I’ve seen several students on the road during school hours, but I’ve not seen any of your students. The spirit of academics you exhibit has paid off.
‘If you’re good at what you do, whether students or teachers, nature will always reward you. Someone else saw what I saw in you and decided to extend arm of philanthropy to you.’
Responding on behalf of the students, the Senior Prefect of the school, Chinedu Anago, expressed appreciation to the benefactor for the gesture, pledging improved commitment to their studies to justify the scholarships.