By Gabriel Alonta
No fewer than 20 candidates from Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area, Anambra State, have been empowered to participate in the ongoing Joint Admission and Matriculation Board registration exercise for the 2017/2018 admission.
Orient Daily reliably gathered that JAMB forms were purchased for the beneficiaries, drawn from various villages across the community. They would also be enrolled in extra-mural classes with stipends to ensure they were well prepared for the examination.
Speaking during the occasion themed ‘Education is the key to power,’ at the palace of Igwe Enugwu-Ukwu na Eze Umunri, the benefactor and Senior Special Assistant to Anambra State Governor on Youth Mobilization, Hon. Henry Akubuike, explained that the need to make education available to all and sundry propelled him to empower the youths.
“I just want to ensure that these youths get the basic education to help place them rightfully in society in the nearest future.
“So, I decided to purchase University Matriculation Examination (UME) forms of the JAMB for indigent students of the area, who cleared their papers including Maths and English, but could not afford to purchase the forms”, he said.
In his remark, His Majesty, Igwe Ralph Ekpeh, eulogised the benefactor for the kind gesture, emphasising that such act of charity would propel the youths to a vantage height.
He observed that it was the donor’s large heart and doggedness in mobilising the youths in the community that earned him recommendation into the government.
The royal father prayed for the beneficiaries for a successful result in the forthcoming examination, while calling on other well-meaning indigenes of the town to borrow a leaf from benefactor by contributing their own quota to the society.
“You should not worry over who will foot the bill if you pass, rather concentrate on getting excellent results and leave the rest for providence”, he advised.
Also speaking, an Enugwu-Ukwu youth ambassador, Chijioke Okoye Mbuba, encouraged the beneficiaries to seize the opportunity by making the best results and to always aspire for excellence in all their endeavours.
Earlier, a retired secondary school principal and her Majesty, Dora Ekpeh warned the beneficiaries not to make light of the gesture, but to make the most of the golden opportunity.
“Go and make us proud with excellent results”, she said.
Responding, one of the beneficiaries, Evelyn Nwaokolo thanked the benefactor for extending his kindness to them, assuring that they would put in their best to come out in flying colours.
It would be recalled that about nine first class students were honored with a token of N20,000 by Hon. Henry Akubuike at the just concluded Enugwu-Ukwu Colloquium that heralded the annual ‘Igu Aro’ Enugwu-Ukwu na Umunri,
READ ALSO : Daura youths endorse Buhari for 2nd term