By Simon Adewale
Twenty Indigent students of Issele-Uku origin have been presented with 2015/2016 Rev. S.W. Martins Memorial Educational Scholarship by the Eminent Issele-Uku Peoples Forum. The official presentation of the award was performed by the Regent of Issele-Uku, Prince Dominic Egbune in a brief, but impressive ceremony witnessed by Prominent Chiefs and elders of Issele-Uku at the Oligbo Royal Palace, Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government area, Delta State.
The Twenty indigent students comprise of Nine (9) for the Senior Secondary (SS1) and Eleven (11) for the Junior Secondary (JSS1) ,all drawn from the three Public Secondary Schools in Issele-Uku which includes Pilgrim Baptist Grammar School (PBGS), Issele-Uku Technical Collage and Martins Collage.
The Rev. (Dr.) S.W. Martins Scholarship Fund was instituted by Eminent Issele-Uku Peoples Forum made up of Sons and Daughters of Issele-Uku based in Nigeria and America with the objective of working towards Human and infrastructural development of the Town in line with the developmental efforts of Late Rev. S.W. Martins.
Speaking at the occasion, the representative of the forum, Mr. Frank Mordi said that the scholarship is not automatic, adding that for a child to be qualified for the Scholarship award that child must be indigent and be able to pass the qualifying exams.
Human capital development
In his remarks after the presentation of the Cheques to the awardees, the Regent of Issele-Uku Kingdom, Prince Dominic Egbune commended the Eminent Issele-Uku Forum for their dogged efforts towards the human capital development of the children of the poor in the society, which he noted goes a long way in immortalizing the Late Dr. S.W. Martins whom he said brought unparalleled development of Issele-Uku in all areas of human endeavour.
The Regent called for the sustainability of the scholarship scheme, adding that it will be of great benefit for the indigents in the town while appealing to other sons and daughters of Issele-Uku to key-in into the project with a view to sustaining it.