His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli flanked by the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayirimi Emami(left) & the Uwangue of Warri Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Awala(right) during the opening prayer

His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli flanked by the 

By Tetsoma Neyin

Itsekiri Education Trust, an indigeneous organization has doled out  scholarship to well deserving Itsekiri undergraduates for 2020 academic year.

The scholarship was awarded to those who have successfully scaled through the scholarship examination held earlier this year.

The ceremony which was attended by His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayirimi Emami, the Uwangue of Warri,Chief  Gabriel Awala  and other notable Palace Chiefs was held on Thursday May 28, at the palace of the Olu of Warri.

The Royal father, Ogiame Ikenwoli in his remark, praised the relentless efforts of the Trust in sustaining the Scholarship programme despite the poor funding from the Itsekiri people.

The Olu of Warri frowned at the nonchalant attitudes of Itsekiri Youths towards education which should be their first priority in life.

To show his educational interest  for  his people, the revered Monarch made a yearly pledge  of One Million naira to the Trust and tasked his Chiefs to contribute their quota by making a yearly donation to the Trust, which will be supervised by Chief  Eugene Ikomi.

The highly respected Monarch congratulated the scholarship beneficiaries and charged them to put in their uttermost best in ensuring they all come out with first class degree in their chosen disciplines so as to make Itsekiri Nation proud.
Members of Itsekiri Education Trust led by the Chairman, Engr. Gbesimi Akperi(4th right) in a group photograph with the scholarship beneficiaries

Responding to the huge financial commitment of  Ogiame to the Trust, Chairman of the scholarship Committee, Engr. Alex Neyin thanked the Olu of Warri for his constant prayers and huge financial contribution saying that it would spur them to do more toward the educational development of Iwere Land.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Itsekiri Education Trust, Engr. Gbesimi Akperi stated that the Trust which was inaugurated in October 2012 by His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse II of blessed memory is saddled with the responsibility to promote total education of all Itsekiris and eradicate illiteracy from Iwere land. 

He stated that the Trust has been faced with financial challenges due to  negligence from Itsekiris who were supposed to fund the Trust.

“Our activities cover education at all levels in all its ramifications. We are currently involved in Adult literacy programme, University Scholarship and recently, we have started addressing skills training”,  he added.

He thanked His Majesty, the Olu of Warri, Warri Council of Chiefs, Members of the Trust and others for their moral and financial support towards the achievement of this year's scholarship award.

Ejueyitsi Solomon, a medical student at the university of Benin who spoke on behalf of the eleven scholarship beneficiaries thanked the Olu of Warri and his chiefs, as well as members of the Trust for their immense financial contributions towards the success of their education.

In his closing remarks, the Treasurer of the Trust, Chief Engr. Tony Onuwaje thanked the Olu of Warri and his Council of Chiefs as well as members of the Trust for gracing the occasion and their financial support towards the growth and development of education in Iwere land.

High point of the ceremony was the presentation of cheques  of one hundred thousand naira each to  the eleven beneficiary students, amongst whom are: Ejueyitsi Solomon, Jarikpe Constance, Eruya Laju, favour, Ebiareneyin Toritseju Gladys, Oritsetsemiaye Joy Mele, Edah Precious Inomiebioritse, Pajiah Nina Peniel, Omagbemi Ebisan Michelle, Omagbemi Sholaye Jennifer, Edun Frank Atebioritsemiro and Ephraim O. Bomi-Dore.


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