Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District in the about-to-be concluded legislative re-run election, has been described as a leader who understands the value of education for the girl-child.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of St Martin De Porres Girls College, Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area, where Abe was honoured with an award, the Proprietor, Very Rev Monsignor John Nwamgbu, said that Abe had been very supportive of good education for the girl-child such that he gave out scholarships on merit to 10 girls from his Senatorial District to study in the college.
Nwamgbu said that if only other politicians can care for the educational upliftment of the girl-child and youths in Rivers State as Abe did instead of spending their money on frivolities and reveries, the state would have made much progress in education.
He appealed to other leaders and well meaning individuals in the state to join forces with the likes of Abe, in collaboration with St Martin De Porres Girls College to help in building solid girl-child education.
In his own speech, Senator Abe commended the authorities of the school for instilling discipline and imparting quality education on the students.
“I know the value of Catholic education because I am a product of Catholic education. I know what it does, not just in terms of imparting knowledge but in terms of building quality and character in children and so when I found out that the catholic church was going to run an academy here for girls, I said it was important that brilliant children from my Senatorial District should be part of that foundation and so we brought these children here when they were very small. Today, you can see how elegant and the level of grammar that is coming out of them. I am happy. It is one of the best things that we have done in life. I am happy to see this children grow into what they have become. I want to encourage those who have the opportunity to support children to please bring them to this school because the quality is unbeatable and price reasonable”.
Speaking further, Abe said that he had accepted the honour bestowed on him because of his believe in the ideals of the school, pointing out that ordinarily he does not accept honours or awards.
“I want to thank you for this honour. I don’t accept award. I didn’t know there was an award here. I just wanted to be part of the children for today”, he said.
He reiterated his commitment to continue the scholarship scheme within the ambits of his resources.
It would be noted that 1 out of the 10 girls sponsored by Senator Abe in the college passed out while, the remaining 9 graduated from junior to senior secondary school.