A philanthropist and Chief Executive Officer of Sam-Sedi Global Education Foundation, Chief Samuel Akpimegi has given scholarships to over 60 indigenes of Ughelli Kingdom.
The beneficiaries who were drawn from the 23 communities that made up the Kingdom, including slots from the Palace of the Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom and other social clubs, are students of both Secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
Speaking during the inaugural ceremony /award of the scholarship held at Ughelli Kingdom Hall, Ughelli North local government area, Chief Akpimegi said the scheme was his own little way to give back to the society and encourage the educational pursuit of the beneficiaries.
He said, “I noticed that things are difficult for some parents and as at today, i deemed it fit that it is i impact in education, and i choose to give scholarship to indigenes of Ughelli Kingdom.
“In all the 24 communities that made up Ughelli, i took one University undergraduate and one secondary school student respectively and I also gave slots to some of the clubs which I belong because I feel my members have to benefit.
“This is what i have been doing for the past 12 years and by His grace, i have produced 68 graduates, 24 in the University currently besides these ones that we have just given.
“The scholarship will last till they are graduated and every of the University graduate is to be given N50,000 per session while the secondary schools are N20,000 per term.
“We have also given out 10 scholarship slots of vocational studies under the supervision of the Ughelli Descendants Union, those who could not go to school should endeavor to learn handiwork.
Appealing for more support to the less privileged from others, Chief Akpimegi said, “Inasmuch as we are living, there are some persons that need their help. Having know what i passed through in the University, i will not want other people to face same, hence my plea for others to do more than what i am doing now”. Akpimegi appealed.
Commending the gesture of Akpimegi and Sam-Sedi Foundation, the President general of Ughelli Descendant Union, UDU, Chief Pius Omubaye described Akpimegi as a pacesetter who is worthy of emulation.
When we came into office nearly a year ago, we set out on wide familiarisation, consultation and critical stakeholders including the benefactor of today’s event, Olorogun Sam Akpimegi and one of our major challenge to the desired growth and development of Ughelli was the issue of education.
“Ughelli was once respected in due to the academic and professional achievements of some of its notable subject and it is a welcome development that a prominent son of Ughelli Kingdom has taken a courageous and commendable initiative to bring back the lost glory which can be through quality education.
He said, “I encourage others in Ughelli kingdom to do a similar thing like this because education is bedrock of any developing community society and the government cannot do everything at all”.
On his part, coordinator of event, Chief Mose Erabor said, “When Chief Sam Akpimegi started this Sam-Sedy foundation years ago, people never took him serious but today you can see that the rest is now history.
“He is a good listener and i am happy that he has carve a name for himself, Foundation and Ughelli kingdom. From what i know in the Bible, Jesus said we should be happy with those who are happy.
“Akpimegi should be emulated by other illustrious sons and daughters who are well to do in other to take Ughelli kingdom to the next level in education and development”.
Dignitaries present at the event are, Rt Hon Festus Agas, HRM Oharisi III, JP, The Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom represented by his wife, Olorogun Fred Majemite, chairman of the event, Presidents Generals Secretaries of Ughelli communities, Representative of Ughelli Area Command, Olorogun Oshaha Ovoke, reciepient students and graduates amongst others.
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