Fugar (Edo)-A non-governmental organisation, Okakagbe Foundation, on Sunday, presented bursary award worth N12 million to 600 students of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi in Edo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries are indigenes of Fugar in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo studying in the polytechnic.
Presenting the cheques to the students, the chairman of the foundation, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe, a former Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, said that the idea was to empower the youth.
He said that the money given to the students were for the enhancement of their academic career.
“This money given to you is not for you to buy material things but to buy books and other things.
“This bursary is to enhance your education and I hope it will go a long way to improve on your education and add to what you already have, make sure you use it judiciously,’’ he said.
He disclosed that the organisation would come up with a micro-credit scheme and an entrepreneurship programme for women and youths.
“The major problem in our country is unemployment, poverty and hunger and we are trying in our own way to give to the less privileged.
“Today what you witness is for the student and we have programmes for women, widow and youth’s empowerment and skill acquisition.
“We are starting from here and in the next five years we will be looking far beyond Edo and we believe that next time, our impact would cut across the country,’’ he said.
Miss Maryjane and Mr Peter Asekomeh, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries thanked the organisation, saying that the money would go a long way in improving their careers.(NAN)