WE TARGET 240 STUDENTS IN THE SECOND PHASE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME SAYS SENATOR ORJI

The former Gov2016_11_21_39601ernor of Abia State, and Sen­ator representing Abia Central, Senator Theodore Orji says the second phase of his annual scholarship pro­gramme will commence in December, 2016 .
Orji, who said 60 students benefited from the first phase launched last year, explained that the scheme is designed to produce a total of 240 under­graduates from his constitu­ency in four years.
The Senator in a press state­ment signed by his Media Ad­viser, Don Norman Obinna, noted that 10 beneficiaries of the scheme are drawn from indigent undergraduates in each of the six Local Govern­ment Areas in Abia central.
Orji, who lamented that ed­ucation is still being under­funded in Nigeria, said that his aim in floating the scheme was to secure the future of in­telligent students from poor background in his constitu­ency.
“The objective of this schol­arship scheme is to leverage on the seed of excellence I planted while governor to ensure that the average stu­dent from my constituency attains that global acceptable high standard of education that will enable him/her com­pete effectively with their con­temporaries in the globalized world,” he said.
He regretted that the feder­al education budget dropped from N492 billion in 2015 to N369 billion in 2016 say­ing that “it still fell short of UNESCO’s 26 per cent rec­ommendation.”
This he said, “is a challenge to a sector that shoulders hu­man capital development at this crucial time in our his­tory.”
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