Education Commissioner Admonishes Scholarship Awardees of N13 Million to be Good Ambassadors of Kogi, Igala Kingdom
The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, has urged the first class graduate awardees of the Igala Education Foundation (IEF) to be good ambassadors of Igala Kingdom and the state at large.
The Commissioner gave the admonition during presentation of N13 millon Cheques to the 26 awardees of first class graduates of Igala extraction from higher institutions across the federation.
The Commissioner applauded the foundation for the gesture, saying it is worthy of emulation.
According to Jones, the ministry has found a trusted ally to which we can build the education sector together. I am so proud of Igala kingdom for this great gesture.
He urged the people from the western and central parts of the state to emulate the gesture, saying, ”the ‘Ebigo’ (unity) agenda of the present administration under the leadership of Gov Yahaya Adoza Bello, would propel the citizens to do more of greater things.
Jones stressed the need for other senatorial districts of the states to replicate the gesture, saying it was a way of contributing to the development of education sector in the state.
The Commissioner urged the awardees to maximally utilise the opportunity and be good ambassadors of the Igala kingdom and the state at large.
The Commissioner also appreciated all the donors led by His Excellency, the Deputy Governor, Chief Edward David Onoja, for the gesture, while also thanking the members of the National Assembly and the State House of Assembly, for the promise of state and federal jobs for the awardees.
Speaking at the Cheques’ presentatation ceremony, Kogi Deputy Gov., Chief Edward David Onoja, who influenced the donation in collaboration with his friends and associates, congratulated the awardees for being lucky to be recognised for the gesture.
He extolled the founder of the foundation, late Prof. Francis Idachaba, for initiating the scholarship program in year 2000, saying it was a right choice that had been yielding tangible results since then.
”In life, you need to sow seed to reap harvest that generations will benefit from. I urge us all to continue to sow good seed because nature have a way of paying us back; there is power in seed sowing”, Onoja said.
The deputy governor, who is also a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the foundation, commended the awardees for their commitment to have graduated with first class, saying it was not easy.
”When you see such people with first class degree, we need to encourage them so that others that are coming behind can also be encouraged to try their best.
”I want to believe that some of you will be global players in your different field. I encourage you to pursue your dream,” he advised.
He urged the awardees not look at the amount, but to utilise it wisely and make the foundation and the people of Igala kingdom proud.
He promised on behalf of all the donors to continue to improve on the scholarship so that more people would benefit from it, so as to build a good legacy.
”Congratulations once again on behalf of his Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, who is also a donor, and that is the proof of unity across the different tribes of Kogi State,” Onoja said.
Earlier, the Executive Director of the Foundation, Prof. Joseph Omada, noted that the group had over the years been given scholarship to best students at basic, secondary and tertiary levels.
He added that the foundation in 2004, started recognising the first class degree graduates in higher institutions, to mobilise and encourage them to serve as a catalyst to those coming behind.
Omada noted that the scholarship which used to be a sum of N70,000 per awardee, was raised to N500, 000 by the deputy governor during the Igala Education Summit held in 2019.
He, therefore commended the deputy governor for fulfilling his promise and for influencing other donors to ensure that the needed fund was raised for the scholarship.
”This is not politics, it is encouraging the students of Igala to be serious with their academics and come out with good grades. We are grateful to his Excellency,” he said.
Mr Dominic Iko-ojo, who spoke on behalf of the awardees, thanked the foundation, the deputy governor and all other donors for encouraging and motivating them through the scholarship.
He promised that the awardees would utilise the fund wisely and be good ambassadors of the Igala kingdom and the state at large.