The Imo State government has pronounced University scholarship to Ugboaja Chizobam Stephanie and Alozie Chukwuemeka Favour, the first and second most outstanding candidates in the 2019 West Africa School Certificate Examination, WAEC.
While Ugboaja, student of Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, made distinctions (A1) in all the nine subjects she sat for, Alozie of Marist Brothers Juniorate, Utulu, Abia State, got 8 A1 and single B2 in the nine subjects, he attempted.
The governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha disclosed this when he received in audience the chaps at Government House, Owerri yesterday.
Ihedioha said the gesture would encourage and challenge the recipients and other Imolites to make efforts at distinguishing themselves in academic pursuit and other endeavours of life.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration at ensuring qualitative and quantitative education in the state through the provision of adequate funding and incentives to the education sector of the state.
The governor also congratulated them for making their parents, families and the state proud and enjoined them to remain good ambassadors of the state.
In his words, “It is our wish that we all continue to market Imo positively across boards. I am happy that out of the 36 states of the federation and federal capital territory, Abuja, an Imo daughter emerged the best candidate for the 2019 West Africa School Certificate Examination and also another of our sons emerged the 2nd most outstanding candidate.
“As a state, we will be compelled to reward merit, hardwork and efforts. It is my pleasure on behalf of the Imo State government to announce that, the Imo State government shall take responsibility in your education at least up to the first degree in any institution you choose to attend.
“I believe this will serve as an encouragement and motivation to many others to emulate your excellent performance and we hope you will not let us down.”
The recipients accompanied by their parents to the ceremony expressed gratitude for the gesture and assured that it encourage them to continue to aim high.
They added that the scholarship would go a long way in making them become better citizens as well make meaningful impact to state and the society at large.