From Ekaete Ikubor
The chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, has inaugurated a committee to manage the undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship programmes of the area.
The chairman of the local government, Mr Samuel Nwanosike,while inaugurating the committee, at the council headquarters, Isiokpo, said that the committee on the management of scholarship, was approved by the Finance and General Purpose Council (F&GPC) meeting of Ikwerre Local Government Council.
“For us as a government at the third tier, the F&GPC, which is the highest decision making body, has sat back and has considered the fact that it is important that we create a system that will screen and approve a support system for both undergraduate and postgraduate students that are indigenes and non-indigenes of Ikwerre Local Government, who are living in Ikwerre Local Government to support them acquire proper academic knowledge,” he said.
Nwanosike maintained that the committee was an ad-hoc committee because it was on a trial phase, he urged the members of the committee to give their best so that it could make meaning for the coming generation.
The council boss noted that the scholarship programme fell on his Back-to-School campaign agenda, stressing that the committee members were to consider and nominate qualified indigenes of the area for the award of scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in higher institutions in Nigeria.
They would also supervise and monitor the success of the programme.
The committee had Benjamin Odigwe as chairman; the local government’s supervisor for education, Victor Wagor as secretary; and the Council Legislative Assembly chairman on education, Donald Ogaram as member.
“So, you can see that the council was very deliberate in selecting those who will give the best of service for what we want to achieve for our people”, Nwanosike said.
Speaking on behalf of the committee, the chairman of the committee, Benjamin Odigwe, thanked Nwanosike for finding them worthy to be members of the committee.
Odigwe assured that the onerous responsibilities assigned to them would be discharged successfully by the grace of God.