By Ushang Ewa
Amidst fears that there may be a surge in the number of out of school children due to harsh economic realities occasioned by the SARS-CoV-2, 50 students from 10 different secondary schools in Cross River State are set to benefit from a scholarship scheme.
The students, according to the Teacher Essien Ita Itam Education Foundation, are indigenes of Calabar Municipal, Calabar South and Odukpani Local Government Areas.
The foundation, set up nearly a decade ago in honor of Esien Ita Itam, father of the former Head of Nigeria’s Secret Police, the SSS, Ekpenyong Essien Ita Jr, has been paying the fees of 50 students annually for seven years now.
This means no fewer than 350 students have benefited from the scholarship scheme over the past seven years.
It will be recalled that the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS recently called for a waiver of fees for students.
And, five students were selected from the following schools captured in the 2020/2021 scheme which includes the Hope Waddel Training Institute, Edgerley Memorial Girls Secondary School and the Mary Slessor Academy.
Also, the Government Secondary School, Creek Town, Government Secondary School Okurikang Okoyong, Government Technical College Efut Ibonda and the West African People’s Institute were captured.
The rest are St. Patrick’s College Ikot Ansa, Holy Child Girl’s Secondary School Calabar and Duke Town Secondary School Calabar.
Find the list of beneficiaries who will benefit from the NGN7.350 million fund below.
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