Government committed to educational excellence
21 Sep, 2016
THE Delta State government has said that it is committed to the promotion of educational excellence in various ways to enhance the development and general well being of Delta State students.
Speaking during the presentation of cheques to children of deceased civil servants in Asaba, the Chairman, Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board, Mr. Sam Nwa-Igumbor assured that government will not rest on her oars in funding the educational sector.
According to him, the state government is investing heavily in the education sector because she believes that investment in infrastructure without corresponding increase in the SMART Agenda will not bring about the desired result.
He said that the state government has been working assiduously to make Delta students proud contributors to the socio-economic development of Delta State and Nigeria in general and explained that the core activities of the board are aimed at alleviating the pressure and stress students often go through due to poor financial status while trying to acquire higher education.
“Over the years, the state government has introduced various scholarship and financial assistance to cushion the financial hardship our students undergo while in pursuit of their academic ambition,” he said.
“These included; student special assistance scheme (bursary), overseas postgraduate scholarship scheme; financial assistance to students in the Nigerian Law Schools, Aviation Scholarship scheme; scholarship for deceased civil servants and physically challenged students and local scholarship scheme (undergraduate, Masters and PhD)”.
While applauding the state governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa for his continuous benevolence to students of Delta State origin, who are studying hard to achieve their educational ambition, Mr. Nwa-Igumbor urged the beneficiaries to work hard in their studies to justify government investment.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary, Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board, Comrade Ologe Elijah and a member of the Board, Deacon Jackson Okodozor said the governor in his magnanimity, in spite of the dwindling economy and lean resources believed that the deceased civil servants’ scheme should be attended to.
This was to further demonstrate his commitment to the promises he made to Deltans, saying Deltans should be patient with the present administration.
In appreciation to the state government, Miss Ogenowakpo Akpewe Loveth thanked the governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for identifying with them through this great gift, noting that the money came at the right time.