Roughly 100 undergraduates in Ebonyi receive bursary awards from Rice Merchant

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Mr Linus Obeji, Chairman, Abakaliki Rice Mill Owners Industry Association, has offered bursary awards to over 100 undergraduates in Ebonyi.

Announcing the awards on Sunday in Abakaliki, Obeji said that the recipients were drawn from the 43 villages under Igbeagu community, Izzi local government area (LGA) of the state.

According to Obeji, the annual bursary is expected to serve as his support to the students to enable them pursue their studies.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all the beneficiaries, irrespective of courses of studies and schools, were given a sum of N20,000 each.

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“This is part of my plans to assist students across the 43 villages from my community. Thank God for giving me the privilege to identify with the common people, which I am still part of.

“For me, it is laying the foundation for our people and encouraging them in their education.

“I urge them to be focused and become good ambassadors of our community and the society at large. The era of cultism has gone, make your bed and impact positively to the society,” Obeji said.

Prof Clement Mgbada, a Professor of History and International Relations, Ebonyi State University, lauded the Rice Miller, adding that the impact would transcend the direct beneficiaries and their families.

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“Good education and capacity building are the best investments to give to the youth anywhere globally.

“I commend Obeji for contributing this much to advance education pursuits of indigent youths in our area.

“I advice the beneficiaries not to waste the funds but make judicious use of them to enable them achieve their academic goals, do what you are supposed to do, but don’t do what you’re not supposed to do for you to become successful in life.

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“Keep your light shining by reading your books. Whatever you will become today, depends on the result of your struggles,” Mgbada said.

A beneficiary, Paul Njoku, who is a medical student, thanked the Rice Mill Association Chairman, and pledged to utilise the bursary judiciously.

“I urge my fellow beneficiaries to keep praying for the Chairman for more blessings and our community,” Njoku said.

Ms Jecinta Nwite, a political science student, also expressed her gratitude over the bursary, and assured that she would not allow any form of distraction in her studies. (NAN)

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