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John ODHE, Yenagoa
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri has awarded automatic scholarship to the state born Barr. Ebizi Eradiri to do her Masters and Doctorate degrees in any University in the world for graduating with First Class in Law from the state owned Niger Delta University and the Nigerian Law School respectively.
Diri, while formally receiving the celebrant and her father, Mr. Boloupaye Eradiri, at the Government House, Yenagoa, also offered Miss Eradiri automatic employment to lecture at the NDU Faculty of Law.
The governor in a press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, also announced appointment of the dual First Class graduate as the New Face of the Bayelsa Girl Child.
Diri further assured the young female lawyer of the state government’s support in advancing her educational career in any university of her choice anywhere in the world.
His words: “I hereby announce automatic scholarship for Barr. Eradiri’s Master and Doctorate degrees, which will not be restricted to Nigerian universities but any university in any part of the world she gains admission.
“As a Visitor to the NDU, I also direct that she be given automatic employment to lecture at the Faculty of Law. You have the support of your family and your government to fly higher because what you have achieved is just the beginning.”
He said the gesture was aimed at making her a role model for young girls in the state and the entire Ijaw nation to emulate.
The govenor equally dismissed speculations, particularly in the social media, about his government’s choice of honouring Miss Nengi Hampson of the last edition of Big Brother Naija fame while refusing to recognise Eradiri as blatant lies.
“It is unfortunate that everything has to be politicised. For us, education is our number one priority.”
Describing Eradiri as an exceedingly brilliant and rising star, the governor congratulated her for making history in bagging first class honours not only at the NDU but also at the Nigerian Law School.
He also sought the Federal Government assistance towards the young lawyer’s development beyond what the state government was offering to enable her add value not only to her state but the entire country.
In his remarks, the Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Clan, King Bubaraye Dakolo, said they were proud of the breakthroughs achieved by their daughter from primary to the tertiary level and that she deserved to be encouraged.
King Dakolo, who described Eradiri as exceptionally good, said she had won over 50 laurels spanning her primary and tertiary education, announcing however, the passage of her mother, Mrs Rose Eradiri, last week Tuesday.
In her brief remarks, Miss Eradiri expressed gratitude to the governor for the honour done her, attributing her success to God and exposure to good educational infrastructure.
A minute silence was observed in honour of late Mrs Eradiri.