The lawmaker representing Ohaozara west constituency in Ebonyi state House of Assembly, Deacon Onu Nwaonye, has given a total of N1.7 million for the payment of 2018 Senior Secondary certifi cate Examination (SSCE) for 110 students of Umunaga Secondary School of Enu-faith Uburu, Ohozara local government area of Ebonyi state.
Blueprint gathered that each benefi ciary of the programme was presented with N16,000 cash, while the lawmaker charged them to study hard and become successful in life so that they could empower others in future.
Nwonye said the gesture, by next year, would be extended to 25 best students selected from each secondary school in Uburu .
He urged the students to avoid keeping bad friends that could lure them into cultism that would destroy their future, adding:”I didn’t pay the WASEC fees because I am too rich, but having lived in poverty in the past, I know the pain and how parents work extra mile to meet up with the welfare of their wards, especially, in education.
‘”You must understand that the world is like a battle fi eld.
You are regarded as a great soldier when you understand and obey the rules of engagement.
You cannot make the best out of any situation if you refuse to listen to your parents and when you throw away their good advice in your life.
“Even as I address you today, I am very sure that you are all aware of the consequences of being a cultist.
You must not bring your parents and your community to shame and disgrace by getting involved in any of these things.
Believe it or not, the prices you will pay come with either death or the death of your loved ones”, he said.
Founder of the school and the chairman on the occasion, Barr. Roy Umahi, in his remarks, expressed joy that the school he founded for his community in 2008, was progressing and commended Nwonye for extending his goodwill to every house hold in the community of 14 villages.
He challenged other political offi ce holders to emulate Nwonye, pointing out that when the youths were empowered, “there will be no hunger, sickness, poor education and social vices in the land”.
One of the benefi ciaries, Onu David thanked Nwonye for taking away their examination fee burden and assured that “they will never let the community down”.