Mr Christopher Maikalangu, Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has awarded scholarship worth N30 million to 1,024 students in the area council.
Maikalangu made the presentation to the beneficiaries at the AMAC Town Hall, Apo Resettlement, on Monday in Abuja.
He said that the 2022/2023 scholarship award was in fulfillment of his campaign promises of assisting brilliant and less privileged students in tertiary institutions across the country.
He said that after a rigorous exercise conducted alongside the councillors, the beneficiaries were drawn from the 12 electoral wards to ensure spread and equity of the process.
“I thank God who has enabled our vision to implement the blueprint of my campaign promises as we respond proactively by narrowing the educational deficits haunting our people, especially the younger generation.
“We promised to identify with the less privileged children and families as we strive to advance their social and educational pursuits.
“We aim to make the beneficiaries become better citizens in the future and for those who could not benefit this year, next year will be better as we aim to improve the process.
“From next year also, we aim at sending many of you abroad to study. We hope that with the skills acquired, you will be able to impact others and change things in our country,” he said.
Also speaking, Dr Sheriff Ibrahim, Head of Department, Education, AMAC, added that the Maikalangu’s administration had secured no fewer than 70 admissions for AMAC residents at the University of Abuja, in his one year in office.
He added that this giant stride was to demonstrate the chairman’s love for education and human capital development.
One of the beneficiaries, Miss Honest Gode, President, AMAC Students Association (ASA) who is a final year student of Accounting at the University of Jos, appreciated the chairman for the kind gesture.
“I can’t express how we feel because we are overwhelmed with joy.
“We have never benefitted anything of this nature and we are grateful to Maikalangu for this magnanimity,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that out of the 1,024 beneficiaries, 100 are Post-Graduate students, 462 are University Undergraduates, while 462 are Polytechnic and Colleges of Education students.
NAN also reports that N50,000 each was given to the postgraduate students, N30,000 to the University Undergraduates and N20,000 was given to the polytechnic and Colleges of Education students.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria