Edo lawmaker offers 100 student scholarships

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By Ikhili Monday Ebalu, Benin city
The Lawmaker, representing (APC Esan South-East) constituency on the floor of the Edo House of Assembly, Festus Igbelekoto has offered scholarship to 100 secondary school students from his constituency to university level.
The students were also presented with cash rewards to assist them in the payment of their West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC) enrolment fees.
According to him, the scholarship was designed to encourage the students in his constituency in the field of sciences
‘‘The beneficiaries were selected after scaling through a competitive examination in Mathematics after which 10 from each of the 10 ward were selected for the award.
‘‘The scholarship awards is to encourage the educational pursuits of indigent brilliant students and those with financial challenges,” he said.
He said, the scholarship scheme started in 2015 with the award of scholarship to five fatherless children.
The lawmaker also used the opportunity to present his mid-term report to his constituents.
He listed the projects executed so far to include construction of a block of three classroom with offices at Uzebu primary school, Ewohimi, re-electrification of Orhodua community and the ongoing construction of a block of three classrooms with offices at Ukakpa secondary school.
Others are the provisions of desk and chairs to over 800 pupils in primary schools across Esan South East constituency among others.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of cash reward and instructional materials to the beneficiaries.
The Event was attended by representatives of the deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, the deputy Speaker, Victor Edoror and members representing (APC Etsako central constituency, Damian Lawani.