....Vows to Increase Number of Beneficiaries to 500 Students
By Abuchi Onwumelu
The premises of Urban Girls Secondary School, Fegge, Onitsha was a beehive activities recently, as the member representing Onitsha South I State Constituency in the Anambra State House of Aseembly, Hinourable Sir Patrick Paddy Aniunoh presented a cheque of twelve million naira to one hundred and fifty successful students who participanted in the just concluded Holiday Lesson examination organized by Honourable Patrick Aniunoh's Scholarship Foundation.
There was a free tutorial for Secondary School Students which was organized and funded by Hon Patrick Aniunoh who saw to the payment of teachers who taught the students and other logistics in the one month lesson programme. At the end of the lesson programme, examination conducted and graded accordingly.
The beneficiaries gathered at the Urban Girls' Secondary School, Fegge, Onitsha, with their parents and guardians where they received the award certificate from the Lawmaker.
Presenting the scholarship certificates to the beneficiaries, Hon.Aniunoh revealed that the project gulped over twelve million naira, noting that hundred and fifty junior and senior secondary students in Onitsha South I State constituency would attend schools for the next one whole academic year on scholarship.
According to the Umuoji-born legislator, the long vacation lessons and scholarship scheme started three years ago, noting that the beneficiaries would receive an average of N40,000 each per term for 2018/2019 session, 40,000 x 100 x 3 terms = N12 million Naira.
He said the gesture was to assist parents reduce the burden of funding their children’s education and to support education development of youths in his constituency.
Hon. Aniunoh expressed satisfaction that the scholarship scheme which, he said, had lasted for three years had enhanced academic pursuit of students in his constituency.
'My aim in Education includes granting of scholarship to qualified students, promoting quality and gender sensitive education in my constituency, assisting students to continue their studies by providing grants and educational materials for better success. Building youths and women's intellectual capacity for a better Onitsha South I.
The Education-Loving Legislator, thanked the students who painstakingly attended all the lessons and encouraged those who were not listed among the 100 scholarship beneficiaries to study hard in next holidays lessons and ensure that they do well in the lessons which would qualify them to benefit from the scholarship scheme.
For his part, the Chairman of the occasion and Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), Chief Nzemeka Olisah PEN who was represented by member One ASUBEB, Dr. Chinelo Okechukwu, stated that the Board would continue to key into good programmes of Honourable Aniunoh, which, he said, had direct bearing on the people of Onitsha South I State Constituency.
He noted with delight that gone were the days when bright students from poor backgrounds could not go to school due to lack of funds as lovers of education like Honourable Aniunoh, now fund such.
The ASUBEB boss went further to encouraged the students, even as he asked them to take their studies seriously. He lauded the philanthropic gesture of Aniunoh towards promoting Education, urging him not to relent in his selfless deeds, adding that only God would reward his philanthropy.
In her remarks, the Coordinator, Honourable Aniunoh Education Foundation, Mrs Ngozi Okonkwo, explained that the students who were offered scholarship by the Lawmaker were those that excelled in the examination conducted for one thousand, three hundred students that took part in holiday’s lessons sponsored by the same benefactor.
In an interview, some of the beneficiaries including ,Favour Okechukwu and Collins Obienu, thanked the Lawmaker for the gesture and promised to be serious in their academic pursuit.
The beneficiaries are students from Federal Govt. College, Onitsha, Promise Sec. Sch Onitsha, Urban Boys, Onitsha, Metu Sec.sch Onitsha, Our Lady's High Sch, Onitsha, QRC Onitsha, Patterson Sec Sch, Onitsha, among others.
Those who attended the event included APGA ward chairmen, ward Women's Leaders, Youth Leaders. IStandWithPaddy Org. Major Stakeholders and numerous APGA Faithfuls.