The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has offered a check of N3 million to 50 most deserving students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State.
Presenting a check of 60,000 naira to the beneficiaries, at the ASU Secretariat, Comrade Stephen Ofuwaroh, the branch president of the university, said that the aim of this gesture is to support students to complete their university education, despite the financial challenges the union is currently facing.
“ASUU-UNIZIK continues to see the need to help alleviate the suffering of our students, who have also borne the pain of the ruling class’s insensitivity to the suffering of the masses.
“We have tasked ourselves with raising funds for this scholarship being awarded today. This sacrifice is part of our social responsibility towards our students and their parents.
Ofwara pointed out that the award program, praise be to God, has become an annual event at the university.
He disclosed that ASU National Authority had also awarded a scholarship of N 100,000 each, to the most deserving students of all public universities in Nigeria, benefiting from a UNIZIK student, Miss Ikele Chinnye Elizabeth.
“With this scholarship, this is evidence that ACU understands the plight of students, and as such we will do everything in our power to protect their interest, which has made us resist every attempt by the federal government to offer tuition fees at public universities.
“The reason is knowing that many of our students are so striving to succeed and can barely pay the current service fees being paid at federal and state universities,” Ofwara explained.
He urged students to see ASU as partners in the fight to save the soul of public universities, by working together to compel government at all levels to adequately fund education, so as to give every young person the opportunity to access a quality education.
He described the event as a historic event in the university.
He said that the award was for students of the 2020/2021 academic session.
In his speech, ASU National President Professor Emmanuel Osodeki said that ASU has been and will continue to be at the forefront of free education in Nigeria.
The President of ASUU, who was represented by the President of Owerri District, Mr. Ozo Onibenama, noted that “ASUU is very convinced that Nigeria has the capacity to provide free education to all its citizens, if the political will is there.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Charles Essimon, hailed the union for this kind gesture, noting that the history-making event came at a time when the country is currently facing systemic challenges.
He assured the union that the university administration would continue to work in a friendly relationship with the union for disadvantaged students.
He advised the beneficiaries to always report their challenges to the management of the institution to conduct a peaceful dialogue instead of resorting to violence.
He also implored the students to use the funds given to them wisely.
One of the beneficiaries, Miss Ikele Chinnye Elizabeth from the Department of English and Literature, who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune on behalf of the others, thanked Arizona State University for getting to know them.
“I never expected this. I am very grateful to the President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, UNIZIK Branch of ASUU and Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Esimone, for the kind gesture.
“I promised to reciprocate in the future to those who would be in my current state,” Ikele said.
May God continue to bless Arizona State University.
On this occasion, the Federation also presented meritorious service awards to retired members of the university for their scientific contributions to the nation.
The Nigeria Tribune compiled the scholarship is the second edition in the university.
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