Human Capital Development: Uduaghan Doles Out N500M to 100 1st Class Delta Graduates

Delta State government has ssued N500 million to deserving 100 fisrt class graduate students of Delta sate origin in the year 2013 First Class Graduate Scholarship Scheme.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State (L), presenting Scholarship Award to Miss Abade Peace, during the 2013 First Class Graduate Scholarship Scheme
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State (L), presenting Scholarship Award to Miss Abade Peace, during the 2013 First Class Graduate Scholarship Scheme

Uduaghan on Monday, March 23, 2015 presented the N500 million cheques to the 100 first class graduates of Delta origin drawn from various universities in the country at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.

Uduaghan revealed that the 100 students who benefited in Delta State were the best students of Delta origin from the universities in Nigeria, noting that no examination was given as the students were the best from all the universities in the country.

The Governor, who said the number of first class graduates of Delta origin was increasing on a yearly basis, said he would advise the incoming governor to incorporate the scholarship scheme to his programme when presenting his handover note on May 29.

“The benefit of giving scholarship to students cannot be quantified. The multiplier effect is more than road construction which you can see. In my handover note, I will advise the incoming to give scholarship to all first class students of Delta origin. The Intelligent Quotient of first class is very high”, adding that society should not put impediment to the full development of students”.

He called on government and corporate bodies to full assistance to first class graduates so as to achieve their goals and contribute to national development.

Governor Uduaghan said since the inception of the scheme in 2010, a total of 233 graduates have benefited from the Delta State Scholarshipscheme, challenged parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children.

He said that parents owe it as a duty to ensure that their children and wards were properly brought up in order to achieve a better family unit and better organized society.

Speaking on Monday during the presentation of scholarship awards to the year 2013 beneficiaries of First Class Graduate Scholarship Scheme at Asaba, the Governor said that it was impossible for a cultist to bag a first class degree in the university.

“Please let us build a better society by properly bringing up our children at the family level; generally, a child who is properly brought up is an asset to the society. No matter the position you have attained, personal attention to our children is very important and what we call insecurity starts from the home, parents, please we owe it as a duty to the society to take care of our children.”

Governor Uduaghan and the beneficiaries
Governor Uduaghan and the beneficiaries

He explained that the “the principle behind the scholarship scheme is that the IQ of the child who makes first class is very high and the society should not put an impediment to the child who have such IQ to proceed to have a doctoral degree just because the person lacks the fund. This informed our administration’s decision to inaugurate the scholarship scheme.

“You have to be hard working, you have to be disciplined to be able to make a first class degree and to qualify for the scholarship as you know there is no cult member who makes first class because they do not have time to study,” he added.

“Before today we have given our scholarship to one hundred and thirty three graduates and today, we are giving scholarship to one hundred persons, and since each student is entitled to five million naira, we are giving out five hundred million naira today,” the Governor stated.

He appealed to the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the State and urged parents to always allow their children to choose what to study stressing: “In these days and age, parents should allow young people to make their choice, we want to advise that parents should not force children to read a particular course. Times have changed, allow the children to make their choices because at the end of the day, they do very well when they follow their passion.”

Uduaghan also disclosed that the Federal Government, under President Goodluck Jonathan, has disbursed scholarship to a total of 204 first class graduates across disciplines and from various universities in the country.

According to him, the students who succeeded in the federal government scholarship were given examination and 204 were shortlisted having performed excellently well at the examination.

Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, Charles Emetulu, the state government is investing heavily in education, hence he called on corporate bodies and multinationals to assist students to actualize their goals.

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