YE 0Alochu Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Benue State, has awarded scholarships to 61 students in Oju LGA of the state.
The beneficiaries of the scholarship numbering 61 are all final-year students of Ukpa Community Secondary School , Ukpa Centre in Ukpa council ward of the council.
The scholarship award which was presented in cash to the student recipients took place in the amphitheater of the Multi Purpose Hall of the school on Wednesday (today), in a brief ceremony witnessed by community and opinion leaders, leaders of the Parent Teachers Association of the school, some corps members who are currently serving in the area, the school proprietor, students, among other people from all walks of life.
YE 3The target of the scholarship was to assist the Ukpa students who have already become WASSCE candidates for the 2017 session but are interested in writing NECO/SSCE examination for the year.
The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation and founder, Chief Frank Ikpobu Alochu, whose speech was read on his behalf by Secretary, Peter Ogbaji, said the award was in fulfillment of a pledge he made on the occasion of the 2017 New Year Celebration to Ukpa youth and a donation of 2000 cement blocks to Ukpa Community to enable it construct its Town Hall and Multipurpose Complex which had also been made good.
YE 2Chief Alochu said the scholarship had become necessary not only in order to give back to the society, but moreso since youth empowerment is one of the cardinal objectives of the charity organization, borne out of the importance the founder has attached to education in the society, he thought it wise to empower the select category of the youth.
The scholarship tallied up to about N.8million with each candidate going home with about N13, 000 which is the basic amout required to register for the NECO exam per candidate.
The foundation therefore tasked the parents and guardians of the students to expedite action on their part to complete the processes necessary for the registration of the candidates.
In their separate comments, the foundation board Directors Administration and Finance, Comr. Andyson Iji Egbodo and Hon. Chris Ijale respectively, charged the beneficiaries of the scholarship award to justify the Chief Alochu’s gesture by burning their midnight oil in order to come out with flying colours in the exam for which they are helped to register.
Responding, the school principal, the representative of the student beneficiaries, the proprietor and community leaders who took turns to react to the award of scholarship, all lauded Chief Alochu for the kind gesture, praying for God’s protection and long life for him.
It would be recalled that Alochu Foundation recently empowered 67 widows who were deemed to be suffering extreme poverty with N25, 000 each.
In that event, over 68 uninvited widows got a total of N120, 000 from the foundation to enable them transport back home.
Meanwhile, the foundation has assured Ukpa Community Secondary School that it will soon redeem the two sets of PC promised to donate to the school.


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