The senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kogi Central, Engr. Abubakar Ohere on Wednesday awarded West African Examination Council (WAEC) scholarships to no less than 1000 indigent students across Kogi Central.
Engr. Ohere said the gesture was aimed at improving human capital development in the district.
He commended the Ebira Youth Congress (EYC) for the initiative which culminated the achievement of the scholarships exercise.
“EYC as the apex body of the youths of Ebiraland has really proven to be an untiring mouthpiece of our youths across Nigeria.
“I have no doubt in my mind that this scholarship scheme will inspire the beneficiaries and the youths in general to drive the necessary change that will lead to a sustainable development in Kogi Central Senatorial District and indeed Kogi State.
“Permit me to say that I am an irrepressible advocate of the educational advancement of the people of Kogi State, particularly Kogi Central Senatorial District. This is premised on my conviction that human capital development plays a vital role in the long-term productivity and development of any society. That is why education has continued to attract the highest priorities in my scheme of things.
“I am doing this because it is an investment in human capital development of our people. Education is never a waste or a scam.
“Our children are too dear to me playing politics with, I hold their educational successes on a very high esteem,” he said.
The APC senate candidate said in furtherance of his efforts in complimenting the achievement of the Kogi State government under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello in educational sector, the Ohere Educational Outreach late last year also offered scholarships to over 200 undergraduates and 70 postgraduates across different tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Ohere added that his driving force was in the multifaceted success which the scheme has recorded since it inception, adding that the competitive nature of the scholarship scheme has positively affected the performance of many undergraduate students in their respective institutions of learning, as a lot of them, who hitherto approached their studies with kid gloves, were now giving it the seriousness it deserved.
“Indeed, the payment of school fees, which could have naturally been a major constraint and distraction to these students, are being taking care of through the Ohere Educational Outreach Scholarship Scheme.”