2019 NAFEST: Kogi Retiree Appeals to Wife of Edo Governor to Redeem Scholarship Pledge to Daughter

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A retired civil servant in Kogi state, Mr. L.L. Musa, has sent a passionate appeal to wife of Edo State Governor Mrs. Besty Obaseki to redeem the pledge made to his daughter, Miss Favour Musa, during the November 2019 National Festival For Arts and Culture Essay Competition (NAFEST).

Favour Musa emerged winner of the women category at the annual NAFEST essay writing competition.

The competition took place in Benin City, Edo State, between 16th and 26th October, 2019, and drew participants from 28 states of the federation. The theme of the competition “Our Royalty, Our Pride” was organized to celebrate arts and culture in order to foster unity among the various ethnic groups in Nigeria.

According to the November 11th 2019 edition of Unilorin Bulletin, Miss Musa Favour, who was then an SS3 student of the Unilorin Secondary School, represented Kwara State at the competition, and emerged as the first and overall best in the competition.

She was then promised a cash prize of N500,000 by her Excellency, Wife of the Edo State Governor, Mrs Besty Obaseki. The Governor’s wife also pledge a school bag, some books and education scholarship.

At the moment, Miss Favour Musa is currently a year one medical student at the University of Ilorin but she is yet to see any ray of hope towards the fulfillment of the Governor’s wife pledge and promises.

Two years and three months down the line, neither the scholarship nor cash prize has been received and yet every effort made by recipient and her family has been abortive as several calls and correspondence are not returned nor replied to by aides to the Governor’s wife while the award recipient and her family have not been unable to establish direct contact with Mrs Obaseki since 2019 November.

As a result of their constraints, the family decided to use the media as a last resort to make a passionate appeal to the Governor’s wife to kindly look in the direction of Miss Favour Musa and deliver on her pledge and promises to her.

This gesture, when fulfilled by Mrs Besty Obaseki, would go a long way in assisting Miss Favour Musa in her academic pursuit and also encourage other students to be at their best in future essay competitions and in other academic endeavors.


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