By CrossRiverWatch admin
The member representing Ogoja in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Odey, Saturday, paid bursary to over 400 students from his constituency, non indigenes inclusive.
The bursary payment which held at the Ogoja council secretariat saw students of Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo origin also benefitting from the bursary largesse.
Speaking at the venue, Peter Odey stated that his decision to pay bursary to students was borne out of his love for students, adding that, as a unionist it was only natural that he gives back to the students which he says is his “primary constituency” even as he hoped that it will cushion the financial challenges faced by the students.
Charging the students to be “studious and shun cultism”, Odey said it is this and hard work that elevated him to his current position and urged them to follow suit.
The students drawn from various academic institutions shared over 2 million Naira with the President of the National Association of Ogoja Students, Joseph Ilefa, thanking Odey for his “kind gesture” and promising the support of the students to ensure effective representation and success to deliver on his mandate.
The Chairman, Ogoja local government council, Rita Ayim, in her remarks commended Odey for been the first Assembly representative to pay bursary to students in the history of Ogoja local government area.
Amongst those present were the Special Adviser to the Governor on Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Engineer Thomas Aruku, Community Relations Officer to the Governor for Ogoja, Emmanuel Otu, a Special Adviser to former Governor Liyel Imoke on Community Relations, Patrick Egbede, the Personal Assistant to the Governor on Youth, Paul Ajie, Emmanuel Anoh, Councillors, Ward Chairmen, and members of both the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba communities.
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