Abia govt to partner Australian Varsity on advanced studies for indigenes
By Joe Akwarandu, Umuahia
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state says his administration has advanced plans for entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Newcastle University, Australia for post graduate students of Abia origin to advance their academic pursuit in medicine and related disciplines.
Governor Ikpeazu dropped this cheery news when he received, in audience, five out of six Abia students who were recipients of the 2015/2016 Presidential Honours Award of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme at the Government House Umuahia.
He said that the state government would take responsibility for 50 percent of the cost payable by beneficiaries of the programme in Australia.
The governor who lauded the students for making the state proud and for being good ambassadors of the state in their respective places of primary assignment.
In his words, “Six of you have made us proud. You have put Abia on the national limelight yet again by your activities during your service year. I keep saying it that the quest for excellence is driven by a personal choice to stand out from the crowd.
“As youth corpers (sic), you had an option to just serve and walk away but you went the extra mile by making solid contributions to your areas of primary assignment and leaving indelible marks. Smart people create opportunities while lazy people keep complaining”, he said.
The governor was particularly pleased that Abia State University and Abia State Polytechnic collectively produced three out of the awardees.
Presenting the national awardees earlier, a former aide to the governor on youth and job creation, Chinenye Nwaogu said that the six awardees who made the state proud during their service year had been given automatic employment in the Federal Civil Service and scholarship by the presidency. He explained the five out of six of them were available today because one of them had travelled abroad for further studies.
Speaking on behalf of other awardees, Miss Uduma Eberechi from Ohafia noted that, under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia students had continued to perform exceptionally in national and external examinations and promised to keep making the state proud in their future endeavours. She highlighted the projects they did in their various states and areas of primary assignment.
The awardees are Okechi Ubachi (from Ikwuano), Kingsley Kalu Njoku (from Ohafia), Monday Raphael Johnson (from Ukwa East), Ogbonna Chidiebere (from Isuikwuato) and Emmanuel Ekeoma (from Obingwa).