Firm gives schol­ar­ship to al­bi­nos

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa

Two per­sons liv­ing with al­binism were last Fri­day pre­sented with full ed­u­ca­tional schol­ar­ship awards by an or­ga­ni­za­tion known as ETA-ZUMA Group West African Limited.

Mas­ter Suc­cess Amos, a pri­mary three pupil from Akwa-ibom State, and Miss Happy Joseph, a ju­nior sec­ondary stu­dent from Kaduna State were selected for the schol­ar­ship based on gen­der, geopo­lit­i­cal as well as bril­liant con­sid­er­a­tions.

Pre­sent­ing the awards to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, the group’s Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man, Dr. In­no­cent Ezuma, said the ges­ture, which is part of the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity of the body, is borne out of pas­sion to­wards the less priv­i­leged per­sons in the so­ci­ety.

Ezuma, who was rep­re­sented by his per­sonal as­sis­tant, Dr. Okoh Emeka, said he be­lieves in the power of ed­u­ca­tion, which he de­scribed as a ver­i­ta­ble plat­form that can thrust the ben­e­fi­cia­ries into the ful­fill­ment of their dreams.

He fur­ther hinted that the schol­ar­ship, which would be a con­tin­u­ous one, will span through the pe­riod of their sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion to the ter­tiary lev­els of any in­sti­tu­tion of their choice in Nigeria.

While com­mend­ing the ef­forts of the Al­bino Foun­da­tion in ad­vo­cat­ing for the pro­tec­tion and pro­mo­tion of the rights of per­sons with al­binism be­yond na­tional borders, the Chair­man called on other spir­ited Nige­ri­ans, cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as govern­ment to sup­port the foun­da­tion in bet­ter­ing the lots of al­bi­nos.

Ear­lier, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Al­bino Foun­da­tions, Jack Epelle, ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the firm for ex­tend­ing her gen­eros­ity to the foun­da­tion, as­sur­ing that the op­por­tu­nity would be fully max­i­mized.

The guardian of one of the re­cip­i­ents, Happy, Micheal Bi­dada, said mea­sures had al­ready been taken, in­clud­ing chang­ing the girl from her ini­tial school to a bet­ter one, as well as close mon­i­tor­ing to en­sure a steady im­prove­ment in her aca­demic per­for­mance.

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