TUESDAY, December 29, 2015, will go down memory lane as the day a new lease of life and succour came the way of 67 indigent, but intelligent persons in the 64 political wards that make up the Imo North (Okigwe Zone) Senatorial District of Imo State.
While 64 were selected after screening and written tests, from the wards, three others were physically challenged persons.
The Senator representing the zone, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Athan Achonu, had previously offered scholarships to 100 students in that category in the past four years.
He said in year 2015, he extended from his Local Council (Ehime Mbano), to other parts of the zone, to enable the intelligent persons, whose parents could not pay their school fees to get university education.
The occasion had commenced at his Catholic Church in Umunomo, Ehime Mbano, which has in attendance, the likes of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha; a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu; the Imo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Nnadi Anyaehie, his Secretary, Chief George Egu; the Senator representing Imo East (Owerri) senatorial district, and the Senate Committee Chairman on Ethics, Chief Samuel Anyanwu, among other influential sons and daughters, who have made marks in their various vocations.
Achonu, whose election was recently nullified by the Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, ordering a re-run within 90 days, said the scholarship was not politically-motivated. Ekweremadu, who distributed certificates to the beneficiaries commended Achonu for the effort, adding that he chose to invest in human beings instead of focusing on election he is going to face in couple of weeks.
One of the beneficiaries, Azuoma Godwin said he wrote a test before he emerged as one of the beficiaries. He thanked Achonu for the opportunity.