Ugbodo - Adaeze Nwauzor, the Chairman of Ebonyi Local Government of Ebonyi, said on Friday that the council had disbursed N10 million as bursary to students in tertiary institutions.
Nwauzor told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the award would motivate the students to overcome basic financial challenges and show commitment to their education.
“The money will serve as assistance to the students to overcome some basic financial challenges in school.”
“University education is expensive and very critical in the manpower development of any society. Therefore, we are giving our students in these institutions the necessary assistance we can,’’ Nwauzor said.
She urged the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the council and show deep commitment to their academic pursuits.
She also advised them to shun secret cult activities, examination malpractice, drug abuse, prostitution and other acts capable of derailing their academic endeavours.
“Failure, they say, has no friend; therefore, I urge the benefiting students to be good ambassadors of this council in their various institutions and avoid anything that will hinder their success.”
“They should stay away from illicit drugs, examination malpractice, prostitution and cult activities, among other acts that can lead to failure,” Nwauzor said.
The chairman further advised the students not to be used as thugs to foment electoral violence in the forthcoming local government elections.
She also called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and government to resolve issues that led to the ongoing indefinite strike by university lecturers in the interest of the students and university education.
“I am appealing to ASUU and the Federal Government to resolve their differences so that our children, whose academic future is being jeopardised, can go back to school.”
“It is really bad that the affected children have remained out of school for two months now. I am, therefore, appealing for understanding from both parties,’’ she said.