o fewer than 60 under*graduates from Abia Central Senatorial dis*trict in various universities, weekend, smiled home with a cheque of N100,000 each at the second edition of Senator Theo*dore Orji’s scholarship scheme.
Speaking at the event, Orji said the gesture was borne out of his conviction that education re*mained the best empowerment for the youths in his constituen*cy considering its pivot role in the development of any society.
He said the scheme was not to grandstand but to assist the state government in advancing the ed*ucation cause of Abia youths es*pecially in view of the impressive performance of the state “which has consistently maintained the second position in WAEC exams for years now”.
The former governor ex*plained that 10 beneficiaries were drawn from each of the six local government areas in the senatorial district, adding that a total of 240 students are ex*pected to benefit from the annu*al scheme during his first tenure at the senate.
He charged the beneficiaries to reciprocate and justify the gesture by excelling in their ac*ademics.
In his remarks, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State com*mended the senator for the ges*ture saying he had continued to show his passion for the em*powerment of Abia youths.
He urged the beneficiaries to strictly apply the funds to their academics to lessen the financial burden on their parents.
“This is not a license to be frivolous or to be careless”, Ik*peazu cautioned, urging them to also resist the temptation of making unnecessary financial demands on their parents.
Ikpeazu who described Or*ji’s score card so far at the sen*ate as “very intimidating” an*nounced that Abia Scholarship Board would be resuscitated with effect from 2017.
He also announced two auto*matic slots for two physically- challenged persons from each of the local government in the scheme based on the request of one of the beneficiaries with sight impairment.