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Foundation gives five years scholarship to 53 students of Community High School, Ogboji



AS PART of its own outreach to the less privileged, the Chris and Clara Ezike Foundation has promised  to pay all the examination fees and its running cost for students in Community High School, Ogboji, in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

  The founder of the foundation and  Assistant Inspector General of Police, Chris Ezike (Rtd), also known as Onwa Ogboji presented a cheque of N1,166,000 for the payment of WAEC fees for 53 students of the school and N132,000 for 22 students sitting for JAMB, respectively.

  The cheque, which was presented to the school principal, Mrs Helen Okoye in the home of Onwa Ogboji, in Okpunoifite Village, attracted many indigenous sons and daughters of the community, as well as teachers and students of the Community High School, Ogboji.

  Speaking during the presentation, Chief Ezike stated that the objective of his foundation was to give back to the society what God had given him, even as he described it as a non-governmental organisation that is focused on youth empowerment, families, education, healthcare and infrastructural development, adding that he will pay for all the examination fees and its other attached costs for five years.

  In his words, “we want our children to follow the good path. We want to make sure that we create a good atmosphere for our children. Therefore, we recognise the fact that education is the foundation for sustainable progress.”

  Chief Ezike further frowned at the rate in which children from the community are showing less interest in education, noting that based on the information gathered from the school authority, out of 53 students who registered for WAEC, only 31 students are from Ogboji, while others are from the neighboring communities, including Ebonyi State indigenes living in Ogboji, adding that  out of 22 students whoregistered for JAMB, only 10 are from the community.

  He however, urged the community leaders to embark on advocacy program to ensure redirection of their children to focus on education as it has been the solution for every human success in the 21st century. He also expressed his sadness over the security challenges facing the school and his concern over series of activities of some members of the community who encroach into the school land not only to steal both the academic and building materials in the school but to sell the land.

  He however charged the President General of Ogboji, Prince Marcelinus Emechebe and the vigilante group to focus on securing the property of the school which he described as a collective heritage.

  In her response, the principal of the School, Ogboji, Mrs Helen, thanked the Chris and Clara Ezike Foundation for ensuring the payment of both WAEC, NECO and JAMB fees of their students for five years and singlehandedly building and equipping the science laboratory of the school, adding that much burden has been reduced for the parents, even as she called on other well to do sons of the community to queue into the line of making education the supreme power of human existence.

  Mrs Okoye also presented a survey plan of the school land to the president general of the community and expressed discomfort over unauthorised activities of some individuals from the community towards the school lands.

  Also speaking, Prince Emechebe thanked Chris and Clara Foundation for their charitable gestures and encouraged all students to put more effort in education to attract good results in their academic pursuit and also assured adequate security in the school land.

  One of the beneficiaries, Miss Chisom Okeke thanked Chief Chris Ezike for the great and unique opportunity he had given to them and their parents irrespective of town, state or local government of origin, noting that their parents would not have been able to pay for the examination fees because of the recent increment. She also prayed God to continually shower his blessings upon the family.

  Other sons of the Ogboji present were the Managing Director of Nevcliton Nigeria Ltd., Prince Neville Uchendu, popularly known as Mayor of Atlanta, Dr Chidi  Okeke, Vice President, Ogboji Youths, Mr Ernest Uba , among others.

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