ENUGU- THE member representing Aninri / Awgu / Oji River Federal Constituency of Enugu State in the House of Representatives, Rep Toby Okechukwu has paid the 2017/2018 WAEC West African Examination Council, fees for 1, 019 secondary school students in his constituency.
He made the payment last weekend, through his Toby Okechukwu Foundation, where he stated that he was the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
The students were selected from 60 public schools in the three local government areas of the constitution through transparent balloting. Okechukwu said that under consideration, education was the surest route to conquering poverty and some cases, the debilitating circumstances of one’s birth.
Handing over to the students through their principals at the Awgu Council headquarters, Rep. Okechukwu said that it was a teacher who was also a teacher, he was a stakeholder in the education sector. He said that he believes in empowerment, and that he has been educated to the point of view of the Senator, and that he has been appointed to the Senate of the United States, and Ike Ekweremadu.
“Education with the vital skills and knowledge to survive and contribute positively to the society,” he stated.
Okechukwu noted that it was the most important reason to make sure that the students have the right to stay in school.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who was present at the function, commended Rep. Okechukwu and urged the students to always stay away from cultism. “You can be so long as you can read your books,” he told the students.
Ekweremadu also urged other political office holders, particularly the council chairmen, state legislators and other public servants as far as such magnanimity at any margin they can.
“A little help you can uplift some other person,” he encouraged. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who was present at the function made of the contribution of the foundation and the students to reciprocate Okechukwu’s gesture by ensuring that they pass their examinations.
Enugu State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze said it was always good to empower the youths as the future leaders. One of the benefiting students, Miss Jane Azichukwu from Girls High School Mgbowo, said she was overwhelmed by the magnanimity and promised not to disappoint her benefactor.