A total of 10 students at the weekend bagged scholarship awards of Michael Iheanacho Eziakonwa Foundation to undertake undergraduate programmes in tertiary institutions in the country.
The beneficiaries are Iheanacho Chinasa, Nwankwo Uchechi, Onyebuchi Cynthia, Miss Ugorji Promise and Nwokocha Precious.
Others are Onyekwere Basil Ugochukwu, Adikwuru Izuchukwu, Nwokocha Bennard, Chibueze Chikaodi and Chinedu Christopher Chiagozie.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman Board of Trustees, Michael Iheanacho Eziakonwa Foundation, HRH Eze Obinna Eziakonwa said the foundation was established to perpetuate their late father’s legacies.
“The foundation was named after our late Father, Pa. Michael Iheanacho Eziakonwa, an education enthusiast who through his mega salary was able to see through his children to the university.
“His love for education made the foundation to organize the scholarship awards to the students at Ama Assa Okpala Autonomous Community in Ngor Okpala Local government area of Imo State, today being, Friday, 21 October 2022.
“We implore the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity and remain good ambassadors of the community in their respective tertiary institutions by studying hard to make us proud”.
Eze Eziakonwa disclosed that the beneficiaries were selected based on merit.
In his remarks, the member representing Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Henry Nwawuba commended the Michael Iheanacho Eziakonwa Foundation for toeing a right path aimed at poverty reduction.
Hon. Nwawuba said that the foundation established 10 years ago have done much not only in promoting education but also in the provision of health care system and human capital development.
Also speaking, Professor Cannis Asonye of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State expressed confidence in the effort of Eziakonwa in retaining and maintaining their late father’s legacy.
Prof. Asonye therefore called on the Michael Iheanacho Eziakonwa Foundation scholarship recipients to make adequate use of the opportunity to better their lives, families, communities and humanity at large.
Two of the beneficiaries, Onyekwere Basil Ugochukwu of Federal Polytechnic Nekede and Chinedu Christopher Chiagozie of Nigeria Maritime University Delta State expressed expressed gratitude to the family of late Pa. Michael Iheanacho Eziakonwa for the kind gesture.
“We are very happy to be part of the success story and this is the first of its kind in Ama Assa Okpala Autonomous Community. We are going to return back glory to the community” they said.
The mother of one of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Henrietta Iheanacho from Umuoda Ama Assa Okpala Autonomous Community could not hold her joy.
She thanked Eze Obinna Eziakonwa and family for such a wonderful gesture which has lifted the burden of catering for her child’s education.