By Adejumoke Alebiosu
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Rivers State Governor, has offered foreign scholarship to three indigenes of the State who are recipients of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Presidential Honour Award.
He said the state was proud of the selfless and humanitarian service rendered by the three awardees during their NYSC programme.
Wike announced the award of foreign scholarship during a courtesy call on him by the recipients of the presidential honour at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor said while the Federal Government deserves commendation for offering the awardees automatic employment, the State government has decided to offer them scholarship for Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in any university of their choice anywhere in the world.
He stated that once the awardees present their letter of admission to the Secretary to the State Government, their tuition will be paid in full to prevent them being abandoned by the next administration.
Wike said: ‘I will suggest you further your education, go overseas and do your Masters. I am not saying that job is not good, but education is better,’.
On the contrary, the governor said if they want employment, then the State government will offer them automatic employment in the State civil service.
He said his administration will not relent in promoting human capital development in all sphere of human endeavour in the State.
Reacting, Chief Chinwendu Chukwu, Rivers State NYSC Coordinator, said the awardees who served in Jigawa, Yobe and Bayelsa States respectively, distinguished themselves by rendering selfless humanitarian service during their national service programme.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Gilbert Kiaka Goodnews, explained that during his national service, he was able to offer free ICT training to over 200 students in Bayelsa State.
He said another recipient of the presidential honour, Miss Worlu Aruchi Rachael, a lawyer, offered free legal services to 22 inmates and secured their release from jail in Yobe State.
Goodnews further explained that the third recipient, Jasper Deebari Uchenna during his national service discovered that most streets in the Jigawa State were not named and decided to name them.