ByÂ Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board has given at least 210 children of deceased civil servants in the state scholarship for 2008/2009 academic session.
The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Hope Eghagha, disclosed this yesterday during the presentation of cheques to the beneficiaries.
He said the state government had taken on the challenges and was determined to give qualitative education to Deltans.
According to him, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghanâ€™s administration is determined to employ every arsenal to deal with the issue of school dropouts as a result of the demise of civil servants who are breadwinners of their families.
He said: â€œIt is in the foregoing that the state government has promised to strengthen the scheme to deliver more on its mandate.”
â€œIt is in this regard that education has been identified as a vehicle of societal development. For this reason, the state government has placed high premium on this scheme to ensure that the state takes the center stage through timely and prompt payment of scholarship to children of deceased civil servants.â€
He noted that human capital development had been adjudged the most important factor in the development of any nation.
Eghagha disclosed that the state government recently granted approval for upward review of the award from N20,000 and N12,000 to N50,000 and N22,000 respectively.
Earlier in his speech, Chairman of the Board, Mosignor Buchi Aniye, said the scholarship award was a display of the state governmentâ€™s commitment to the educational development of Deltans.
According to Aniye, the scheme is put in place to arrest drop-out of children from school as a result of the death of their parents who were civil servant that died during active service and to encourage them to achieve their academic zenith.
Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Peter Amromanoh, in a chat with newsmen moments after the ceremony, urged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the scheme to acquire higher education.