ENUGU — Two students of Government Technical College, GTC, has been awarded a scholarship to university level and cash for building an aircraft and MP 3 radio set;
Emmanuel Maduabuchi Chukwu and Chukwuebuka Udoye, students of GTC Nsukka and Enugu respectively manufactured two aircraft (helicopter and jet fighter) and an MP3 radio set, from locally sourced materials.
The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi announced the scholarship when he received in the audience the two students at the Government House Enugu.
Ugwuanyi in appreciation of their talents, skills, and sheer dexterity in promoting technology-based innovation in the state gave Chukwu Emmanuel, the inventor of the two aircrafts and an indigene of Nnewe in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State, the sum of N1 million.
While to Udoye Chukwuebuka, he gave the sum of five hundred thousand (N500, 000.00); Udoye is a student of GTC, Enugu, and an indigene of Aguata in Anambra State, he produced the MP3 radio set.
Gov. Ugwuanyi further expressed delight in the many feats the educational system in the state has achieved since the inception of his administration; he reiterated that all money spent in education is a worthy investment.
Appreciating the efforts of Prof. Uche Eze Commissioner for Education, Dr. Gabriel Ajah Executive Chairman of the Science, Technical and Vocational Schools Management Board (STVSMB), Peter Ugwuokpe Principal of GTC, Nsukka, and other stakeholders in the education system for the achievements recorded in the education sector in the state, Gov. Ugwuanyi directed the Commissioner and Chairman STVSMB to immediately present to the State Executive Council (EXCO) for approval a memo requesting for funds;
A memo for the approval of the sum of N100 million for the construction of more classroom blocks in Government Technical Colleges (GTCs) in the state and sum of N50 million for the construction of more technical workshops in GTCs Nsukka and Enugu, and also request for employment of additional technical teachers.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Eze, applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for the premium his administration places on education in the state as well as the warm gesture of meeting with the students to encourage and appreciate their talents.
“We are so happy, and we appreciate this honour given to us to come and make this presentation. Your Excellency, your schools are working; this is just one of the many things that are going on in our technical colleges. Thank you for encouraging our young talents. This is part of the legacies you are leaving behind for posterity,” Eze said.
Chukwu and Udoye, recipients of the scholarship and cash gifts were overwhelmed with joy and gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for honouring them. They said, “the encouragement and support from the governor, which we never expected, spur us to do more and fully actualize our dreams”.
Others present at the occasion are Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi; member representing Aninri Constituency, Hon. Chinedu Otaka; the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prof. Malachy Okwueze; the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh; the Executive Secretary, Enugu State Scholarship and Education Loans Board (ESSELB), Barr. Levi Abonyi; and the mother of Master Chukwu, Mrs. Grace Chukwu, witnessed the event.
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