In Ebonyi, medical doctor sponsors 46 graduates, floats scholarship scheme

A Medical Doctor in Ebonyi State, Dr. Gideon Osi, has said that education remains the best empowerment given to any individual.

This was as Dr. Osi noted that he has trained not less than 46 graduates in the state.

The medical doctor disclosed this in his Ishiagu hometown, Ivo local government area of the state during the funeral of his mother, Madam Rebecca Osi, at the weekend.

He said the 46 graduates he trained were of diverse disciplines, and he decided to invest in educational empowerment to promote literacy, as according to him education remains the best gift one can give to his people.

Osi emphasised that he wouldn’t have been a graduate without a scholarship from the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim who gave scholarships to 200 persons when he was Senate President.

Haven been trained through a scholarship scheme, Dr. Osi said needed to reciprocate the gesture in order to promote literacy and help the poor as someone from the poorest of the poor.

He said, “Every community has poor people but among the poor people, there are the poorest of the poor. We are among those that are called the poorest of the poor such that even poor people called us poor. We were so poor that we couldn’t afford food but God, through various people, we were able to solve that mystery, and today, the story is long.

“Today, I feel much more fulfilled watching my mother go home the way she wants it. She always tells me that there will be joy when she dies and now, it is exactly the way it is.

“Mama, apart from being a single, entertainer, a dancer, she was a porter. In that art, she taught me how to be honest, how to be sincere, and how to work hard because if you are not hardworking, you cannot do the business of pottery. And so, we got all of that from her and now she is going home, we are sure that we are going to transmit these same virtues which are not taught in school, we will transmit it to her grandchildren.

“Everyone in life has the junction of change where everything turns around. That happened when I was privileged to be granted a scholarship by Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. The best gift anyone can give you is education. If a man buys you a beer, within 24 hours, you are going to pass it out. If a man buys you cloth, within years, the cloth will become old, if a man buys a car, matter of five years, new ones will come out but if a man educates you, you will transmit the same to others. I was among the 200 that were granted scholarships by Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. That helped me a great deal to study Medicine and become a Medical Doctor.

“That gift I got from our leader, I appreciate it and I have decided to be giving it out the same way. Altogether in our program, since I graduated, I have trained 46 people in the university but today, something remarkable is going to happen.”

He noted that he has donated the N50million contributed by his friends, clubs, and associates for the burial of his late mum to a scholarship which girls mostly will benefit from, and that the scholarship will go beyond the state.

“In the course of preparing Mama’s burial, my friends, different committees were formed and they started donating money just to support Mama, Mama’s burial, Mama’s funeral. The information I have is that over a million has been put together for this event by my friends and associates, clubs, and good-spirited Nigerians but I know that God has provided what will take Mama’s event to the level that she expected it. So, I discussed it with my wife and we decided that for all that contribute, we will use it for the training of the children of the poor.

“So, we are going to go beyond Ishiagu and Ebonyi. We will commit the entire fund, over N50million on scholarships in appreciation for Mama’s life. In particular, more women will benefit from that scholarship program, more girls because when you train a woman, the ripple effect is too magnanimous, too much, is overwhelming. She will marry a better person, she will walk into a greater environment and she will have the opportunity to turn things around.

“Therefore, as I stand on this altar which the Lord built through me, for as long as I live, I will fulfill this promise and I know St. James will be the first beneficiary,” he said.

In his sermon at the funeral, former Parish Priest of St. James Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Philemon Okoro, described Osi and his late mum as the hope of the poor.

He disclosed that the medical doctor has built 10 more new houses for the homeless in line with his mother’s advice while alive.

He said his mother told him to always help the poor as she would not want people around him to pass through what they suffered.