By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
PEOPLE Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for the September 18, election Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu has promised to support parents and guardians with children in higher institutions by granting scholarships and bursaries to guarantee them unfettered access to quality and affordable education.
He said one way to do this was for the government to have a scholarship scheme for the exceptional students in the schools as well as give bursaries for those in higher institutions of learning to enable them break even especially under the very challenging economic times in the country.
He gave the pledge during a campaign rally at Ekosodin, a satellite community which serves as residence for thousands of University of Benin undergraduates and workers in Benin City yesterday.
He said, “I was one of the beneficiaries of the Bursary scheme introduced by the defunct Bendel state Governor, the late Professor Ambrose Folorunsho Alli as an undergraduate in UNIBEN. The bursary helped our parents to a great extent in offsetting such expenses like books and our feeding”.
“Under the Simple Agenda of my government if by the grace of God you elect me as governor, I plan to pay all Edo students in higher institutions of learning bursaries.
For those who are exceptionally brilliant we will give them scholarships to attain academic heights because they are a pride to our state “.
He lamented that despite the fact that Ekosodin gave the APC a high number of votes in the last governorship election, he said it wapathetic that the state government chose to neglect the strategic community with the glaring absence of roads, water supply and electricity.
He said , “I am proud to be a University of Benin graduate. I also lived for one year in Ekosodin as an undergraduate. The place has always enjoyed a very high population of youths and business people. And as a host community of the University, I believe it deserves more government attention by way of development. What I see here is appalling”.
He then urged the excited supporters which included traders and members of the Igbo Community Union , Landlords Association of the area to resist the urge of selling their conscience for a few thousands of Naira and asked them to vote for the PDP on Election Day.
While insisting that the monies which the APC was deploying to buy voters cards and numbers was state funds, he urged eligible voters to take the money and go out early on Election Day , get accredited and thumbprint the PDP symbol of umbrella.