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Umahi offers scholarships to four best Mathematics students

The winners of Umahi’s scholarship

One of the winners of Umahi’s scholarship

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, has awarded university scholarships to four junior secondary students for their outstanding performance in Mathematics and Oral Mental Arithmetic competitions.

He announced this during presentation of the students to the State Executive Council at the Government House, Abakaliki on Wednesday.
The four students  are  Miss Igwe Amarachi from Government Technical College Agba, who was the overall best competitor; Miss Ikechukwu Mary from Uburu Secondary School; Sorochukwu Nwefuru from Government Technical College, Abakaliki and Ori Catherine from Government Technical College Agba.

Umahi, according to a statement on Friday  by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, was  particularly impressed with the intelligence displayed by  the students   while answering questions on the subjects without using four figure tables or calculators.
 He said that the fund for them to study Medicine after their secondary education would be made available to them ahead of time to ensure that   nothing constituted a barrier to their study.
The governor  directed his Personal Assistant, Mr. Silas Onu, to liaise with the parents of the children to open accounts for them, adding that payment of their school fees into the account  would commence next week.
Clarifying that the money would not be accessed until they gained admission into the university, Umahi said that the scholarship would last six years.
His words: “I will pay your school fees for Medicine in advance. We’ll open accounts  for four of you and I will know how much the school fees for each and everyone of you are. I will pay the money into the accounts. It will stay there so that as you  enter  the university, you will not have problem of school fees.    We  will tell the bank not to release the money until  you start university education.”
In an interview, one of the organisers of the programme, Mr. Alike Friday, said that students from  12 schools drawn from the three senatorial district of the state participated in the training.
 He  explained  that they were taught how to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and others off hand.
Friday disclosed  that 37 students were chosen for the competition by the National Mathematical Centre out of the 124 who took part in the two weeks training.
Responding on behalf of others, the best   student, Miss Amarachi, expressed her gratitude to  Governor Umahi for the gesture and appealed that more students  be allowed to participate in the exercise in future to enable them benefit.

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