A non-governmental organisation, called Celon Education Foundation, has paid the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration fee for 52 indigent candidates from Nru in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the founder of the organisation, Mr Celestine Ogbu, presented N5,000 cash to each of the beneficiaries in Nsukka on Wednesday.
Ogbu said that the gesture was his contribution to encourage the candidates to pursue higher education.
“The foundation is my little way of showing appreciation to God who made me what I am now.
“I believe education holds the key to unlock the full potential in every human being.
“With education, one is equipped to face the challenges of life as well as have the capacity to contribute meaningfully to society,” he said.
Ogbu, who is a former Leader of Nsukka Local Government Legislative Council, said that aside from the UTME fees, the foundation also paid some teachers to conduct UTME tutorial for the candidates.
He promised that the foundation would also give scholarships to beneficiaries that would make good scores in the UTME.
The Traditional Ruler (Igwe) of Nru, Sylivanus Aruma, lauded Ogbu’s contributions to the development of the community and prayed to God to reward him abundantly.
“Ogbu is an illustrious son of Nru, apart from paying UTME fees for candidates, offering scholarship to students, he has been assisting the community in so many ways.
“My prayer is that God will reward him abundantly. I urge other sons and daughters of Nru to emulate him,” the monarch said.
Also, a former Councilor of Nru Ward, Mr Sylvester Asadu, advised the beneficiaries to work hard and make good scores in the examination.
He said, “Ogbu has made positive impact in the life of our community in different ways. This community is proud of him.”