A socio cultural Igbo group in Nigeria’s northcentral city of Jos in Plateau State, under the aegis of Igbo Cultural Association (ICA), has said it will be offering scholarship to indigent university students drawn from the five southeastern States, including Igbo speaking Delta State, which is also a member of the union.
President of the ICA, Chief Christopher Onuh, stated this in Jos on Monday, while proffering ways to contribute its quota to ameliorate the sufferings of people during this difficult times of the dreaded Corona Virus known as COVID-19.
Onuh said a total number of six students will benefit from the scholarship every year, one from each State, with their school fees fully paid from year one to final year.
According to him: “This is part of our contribution to cushion the effect of the poverty brought about by this pandemic. Even before the virus, we had it as part of our mandate to offer scholarship to indigent students who are from the poorest of the poor”.
The ICA President who also said the gesture is to reduce the burden of school fees on the recipient parents, added that the target of the Association is to contribute to the development of education in the country.
Onuh said education is the best legacy parents, stakeholders and government at all levels must embark on for its citizens.
“No society will achieve meaningful progress and development without sound education.
“It has been my desire to always see that I help individuals to become better members of the society.
“It is not by coincidence or accident, this has been a well-designed package programme. I have it in mind that I must also give back to the society and we have put plans in place to sustain the program even after leaving office”, he said.