No fewer than 20 indigent secondary school students of Estako East Local Government Area of Edo State have been awarded scholarships by the former chairman of the local government, Mr. Godwin Eshieshi.
The first batch of the beneficiaries, drawn from both the private and public secondary schools in the local government area, were given N20, 000 each.
While handing over the money to the recipients, Eshieshi explained the decision to set up a Scholarship Foundation in memory of his late father Chief M.A. Eshieshi was to enable indigent students acquire education, which he said was most cherished by his late father.
According to him, “The decision of the Eshieshi family to set up the Scholarship Foundation was a reflection of our late father’s total commitment to the education of children of Ogute in particular and Okpella in general because he believed that an uneducated society was doomed forever.
“And today, because this man was a lover of education then, it was his philosophy that without education, it is darkness that envelops a place; so, we are gathered here to immortalize him with a scholarship foundation.”
He however promised to expand the scholarship scheme to enable other students outside the local government area to benefit from the scheme. Eshieshi described his late father as a self-made-man, who toiled assiduously to educate himself and later became a councilor representing Okpella and Ibie Clan in the then Afemai Division in 1960 just as he said that the late Eshieshi was an accomplished educationist who rose to the post of a Headmaster and headed several schools in Estako land before his death. Senior secondary schools and junior secondary schools from Ikpomaza Grammar, Okpella, Oguta Secondary School, Imiekuri Seconary Secondary, Afokpella Secondary School, Okpella Comprehensive high School, Iddo Community Secondary School, Favour Group of Schools, Hebrews Secondary School and Sacred Heart Secondary School were beneficiaries of the scholarships.