Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Umo Eno has commenced disbursement of N100 million Education Trust fund to Persons with Disability.
Similarly, Governor Eno has released funds for onward disbursement of bursary to all Akwa Ibom state students in public tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
At the brief ceremonies on Monday at the State Secretariat’s complex, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet presented persons with disability in undergraduate programmes with cheques of 250,000 naira, while the beneficiaries in post graduate programmes received their cheques of 300,000 Naira
Speaking during the disbursement of funds to persons with disability, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, expressed gratitude to Governor Umo Eno for the massive investments in the education sector over the last six months.
“I’m humbled and delighted, the Governor has been here for only few months and we’ve been blessed massively in the education sector”
“I want to thank Governor Umo Eno for the remodelling of schools, CKS is at 95 percent completion stage, there’s also another school flagged off in Eket.
“Today, even entrepreneurs have benefited as tailors have been contracted to sew school uniforms for school children.” She added.
She charged the benefiting students to reciprocate the gestures of the Governor by studying hard to emerge with spectacular results.
“Every Government investments come with a corresponding return on investment. In this case, your excellent academic performances will be the benefits of this investments”.
Mrs Etiebet eulogized Governor Umo Eno for keeping to the promises he made during the campaign by paying bursary to students and awarding scholarships to persons with disabilities.
She also warned the recipients to desist from diverting the funds into extravagant and needless expenses, insisting that the money be channeled strictly to scholarship.
“We wish to inform Akwa Ibom people that Governor Eno is a promise keeper who has done many projects and has fulfilled his promise to prioritize the education sector.
“The money for the bursary payment to all Akwa Ibom Students, is in a designated account newly opened for disbursement and the money will be disbursed digitally, with 10,000 Naira going to each student.” She added.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Dr Frank Ekpenyong explained the modalities set up so far to enable students register effectively via https://www.bursary.akwaibomstate.gov.ng
“We’ve made the website very simple, you can register with a phone number and an email would be sent to you for verification.
“You’ll upload your student registration number, valid student Identification card, Admission letter, certificate of origin, last school fee payment receipt and a recent passport photograph with a corresponding bank account details,” he added.
The ICT aide to the Governor further explained that some institutions have provided Application Programming Interface (API) to aid the process which will last for the next six month.
During the event benefitting persons with disabilities took turns to appreciate Governor Umo Eno in their goodwill messages.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare , Mrs Ini Adiakpan, represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare,Mrs Margret Edem described the Governor as dynamic and thanked him for the scholarship as well as having the progress of Akwa Ibomites at heart.
Speaking also the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mrs Rose Bassey described the Governor as Education friendly and thanked him for looking out for the vulnerable people in the society.
Also the State Chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) and Director Administration, State Secondary Education Board Akwa Ibom State, Elder Effiong Tom, thanked the Governor for listening to the plights of persons with disabilities, stating that the support would further motivate other persons with disabilities to seek admissions into institutions of learning.
In his message of appreciation, the Personal Assistant to the Governor on persons with disability, Ubong Ikpe, thanked Governor Eno who he described as an embodiment of promise fulfillment and pledged their resolve to support the Governor.
Similarly, the worldwide President of the National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) Ubong Ekwere, thanked the Governor for keeping his promise to prioritize the education sector and for also approving bursary, scholarships as well as remodelling of schools across the state.