ByÂ George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”Â The Rivers State Government has sent 18 students, aged between 19 and 23 years to Canada under the stateâ€™s scholarship scheme to study various science-related courses, leading to award of degrees in the fields.
Specifically, most of the students will be pursuing careers in Petroleum Economics, Petroleum Engineering, Computer Science and other science-based disciplines.
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi had told the state recently that many of its children would be sent abroad to study various courses and ploughed back into the workforce, on their return, to shore up the quality of the stateâ€™s labour.
Before jetting out of the Port Harcourt International Airport, the students underwent a pre-travelling counselling session, where they were told to be good ambassadors of the state and country.
The Canada-bound students who were accompanied by their parents and siblings beamed with smiles, expressing appreciation to Amaechi, for giving them the opportunity to study abroad.
Speaking to newsmen on their overseas scholarship, the students said the move by the State Government to develop them into responsible citizens and leaders of tomorrow was a step in the right direction, promising not to let down the state throughout their stay overseas.
Mr. Onyekachi Nkechionye who spoke for his colleagues said â€œwe are so happy for the opportunity the Rivers State government and Governor Chibuike Amaechi have given us and we hereby promise to make good use of the opportunityâ€.
One of the parents, Mr. Benedict Hart, told Vanguard that the trip was a â€œjourney to greatness and we look up to God for His mercies for them to complete their courses successfully and return to Rivers Stateâ€.