July 19, 2024

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Bonny Native Hails Speaker Over N3m School Fee Grant

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Edith CHUKU

Following the economic hardship plaguing the country, Mr. Victor Oko-Jumbo, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, has doled out three-million-naira school fee grant.

Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Mr Stephen Banigo, explained that the grant is targeted at easing the burden for parents and self-sponsored students.

Recall that on Tuesday, Banigo confirmed the approval of the committee for disbursement of the sum made available by Oko-Jumbo.

He explained that the three million naira was for school fee grant to students in public tertiary institutions of Bonny origin.

Banigo noted that the funds was made available in view of the current economic hardship plaguing the country and the need to ease the burden for parents and self-sponsored students.

He also expressed the Speaker’s desire to ensure that finance does not hinder the educational pursuits of people in Bonny LGA.

The SA on Media to the speaker listed the names of the members of the committee as approved to include:

  1. Hon Lali Green – Chairman
  2. Mr Robert Jumbo – Co-Chairman
  3. Mr Awoiyeala Allison – Secretary
  4. Comr Precious George-Hart – Member (SSA – Student Affairs)
  5. Comr Sylvanus Omoni – Member (BYF)
  6. Mr Jude Pepple – Member (BGF)
  7. Comr Isaac Tamunobarabonye Wilcox – Member (NUBS)

He added that the disbursement of funds to deserving students with well spelt out criteria was to commence with immediate effect.

Commending the speaker, a native of Bonny Local Government Area, Mr. Hart Stephen, described the act as exceptional and timely.

Hart in an interview with TNN said, ” this is what we expect from our leaders, political office holders both in Rivers State and Nigeria.

“Well done man of the people. Rivers people are suffering, you won’t believe that people are dying because of hunger, hardship everywhere. A man with wife and four children earning N50,000, what can N50,000 do in this present day Nigeria?

“By doing this, families will not look for where to borrow to pay school fees, children will not drop out of school. We the Bonny people are very happy and we pray for more empowerment, support, programmes that will benefit us.

“Our speaker has our best interest at heart and that is true leadership.”

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