By Ugo Aliogo
As part of efforts to support the growth of education in Erhurun-Uneme, Community, Akoko Edo State, the Lagos Branch, Erhurun-Uneme Community will be giving out scholarship to indigent Students of Erhurun-Uneme on December 1.
Addressing journalists during the branch’s end of year party in Lagos, the Chairman, Mr. Peter Bankole, said the goal of the association is to develop the community and look into the welfare of members in the state.
He said the effort is an initiative they have been doing for years, adding that it has been fruitful and the people are committed to the goal.
Bankole said they reach out to members in the community and outside Lagos, adding that the branch has carried out several development efforts in the past.
“There was a development project which we carried out in the past which was the exercise book project. The books were produced here in Lagos and we sent to our primary and secondary schools in the village. We produced 4,000 copies that were shared among the students. It has been our annual project and we have been doing it for years.”
In his remarks, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Lucky Okhagbuzo, said due to the harsh economic condition, there is need to empower members who are in need and have children still schooling, especially in Lagos with scholarship support.
“The end of year project is to raise funds to support members who are in Lagos and have children that are still schooling. The scholarship programme is work in progress. This is a new innovation and because of our understanding that there is hardship in the country. When I say work in progress, we are in fund drive. Through this initiative, we want to look at the children who are really in need. This is the reason for the meeting. We will invite the candidates chosen on that day, having finalised the necessary arrangements.
“It is a yearly effort. We need to empower them; we cannot close our eyes and say they don’t need help. We want to make sure that our children are not only in school, but provided with the resources they need to succeed. We are raising funds as individual members. “It is a situation of taking from privileged members to give less privileged members to make sure they get support. We also have provision for children who want to learn vocational jobs. The focus is the families that are in dire need so we are going to provide them with that opportunity to make their children to be useful.”