By Patrick Obia
50 students, from 10 secondary schools in Cross River State, on Tuesday , benefited from the 2021/2022 Teacher Essien Ita Education Foundation scholarship scheme.
The foundation, set up eight years ago in honor of Esien Ita Itam, father of retired Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Ekpenyong Essien Ita Jr, has been awarding scholarships to 50 students annually for eight years now.
Launched eight years ago, “the Trust Fund has consistently intervened and brought hope to the educational pursuit of four hundred (400) students in Cross River Southern Senatorial district.”
Five students were said to be carefully selected based on good academic performance from the West Africa People’s Institute, Hope Waddel Training Institute, Edgerley Memorial Girls Secondary School, Mary Slessor Academy, Government secondary school, Adiabo each.
Also, Government Secondary School, Creek Town; Government Technical College Efut Ibonda. The rest are, St. Patrick’s College Ikot Ansa, Holy Child Girl’s Secondary School Calabar and Duke Town Secondary School Calabar for the 2021/2022 session.
The Chairman of the Foundation, Chief. Gershom Henshaw, told CrossRiverWatch that the scholarship will be a continuous exercise. He called on all and sundry to support the foundation in giving back to the society.
“By the grace of God it will continue, we have done it for eight years and God keeping us alive and the benefactor, we will continue; this is what we know how to do best; giving back to the society,” he said.
Highlights of the events include, presentation of cheques to the schools, goodwill messages among others.
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