Senate leader spends N73m annually on scholarship scheme

The Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, says he spends N73 million annually on payment of scholarship for students in his constituency in various tertiary institutions in the country.

Mr. Ndoma-Egba (PDP-Cross River) said this on Monday in Calabar during the presentation of scholarship awards for 2014/2015 academic session to 30 undergraduates and 12 post graduates students.

“I spend N73 million for this scheme annually. Aside those in schools, we have others in the military, seminaries and other specialised institutions,” he said.

He said that over 9,500 youths across the country had benefited from his free computer training programme.

According to him, the programme was designed to assist brilliant but financially incapacitated youths of the zone.

“It is not politically motivated at all; infact, it actually started in 1980 but it was formalised in 2003.

“It is a human capital development programme. I believe that the real resource of any nation is youthful, educated and skillful population.

“I believe that in Nigeria, our focus must be on youths, irrespective of our challenges as a nation,” he said.

He warned the beneficiaries to desist from joining secret cults, adding that doing so would ruin their ambition.

Mr. Ndoma-Egba said that plans were under way to collate the pool of graduates of the scheme to ensure that they secured meaningful employment.

The Chairman of Board of Trustees of the scheme, Margaret Ndoma-Egba, said that under the scheme, each undergraduate got N70,000 while the post graduate students got N100,000 each.

One of the beneficiaries, Stella Okpa, expressed gratitude to the senator for the gesture.

She assured him that the beneficiaries would take advantage of the opportunity given to them.

(NAN)


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  • Don Messi

    Anyone can do that (73M) and more with the OBSCENE Salary/phoney allowances you collect..in a country wia the minimum wage is #18 000K.
    SO YOU WANT US TO JUMP AND CLAP FOR YOU??
    Agreed the beneficiaries will be happy. Agreed some of your colleagues in the Senate will not ‘give back'(as if it was yurs in the 1st place) as much as you’ve done.
    But all we ask of you is COLLECT ONLY WHAT IS LEGALLY YOURS AS FIXED BY THE RMFAC!
    NONSENSE!

  • BlackieUmukoro

    This is not enough to hoodwink the people. You are not an indigene of the national assembly. Step aside for another breath of fresh air

    • The Last Don

      ‘ indigene of the national assembly ‘????
      Hmm..nawa o.
      I dey laugh o!

      • BlackieUmukoro

        He is being there for twelve years
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          lol