Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Wednesday, announced the award of scholarships for tertiary education to the best students from each of the 17 local government areas of Abia state.
The scholarships are to be enjoyed in any Nigerian tertiary institution of their choice.
Governor Ikpeazu announced the scholarship awards as he congratulated students and teachers in the state, for their effort in ensuring that Abia ranked first in the May/June West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result as released by the West African Examination Council.
An elated Ikpeazu, himself a teacher, said the scholarship awards was in recognition of the excellent performance of the schools and students in the state’s school system at WASSCE.
He also directed Abia state Commissioner for Education, Professor Ikechi Mgboji, to forward to him the list of the best student, from each council area of the state in the 2015 WASSCE examination, to enable him process their scholarships.
The Governor also directed that, going forward, the best performing student in WASCE, from each of the 17 council areas, will receive automatic tertiary education scholarship from the state government.
It will be recalled that West African Examination Council (WAEC) recently released details of the performance of students by state and Abia State came first as the best performing state, while 35 other states and Abuja queued behind.
Abia State has consistently maintained top position in the WASSCE performance chart in the past five years.
In results released for 2014 and 2013 Abia came second behind Anambra State but has now overtaken Anambra state as the overall best and 1st in the WASSCE performance chart for 2015 examinations. The State topped the chart with 33, 762 of its 52, 801 candidates, scoring 63.94 per cent.
The Governor also tasked the education commissioner, teachers and students in the state to ensure that the state maintained the top position, promising that he will do everything possible to ensure a more improved students and teachers welfare so as to enhance performance of Abia students in future examinations.
Recall that Governor Ikpeazu recently donated three cars to the best primary school teachers from each of the senatorial zones in the state.
Dr Ikpeazu, who was a university teacher prior to his emergence as governor, also appealed to private individuals and organizations to support his “Adopt-A-School” program and help his administration fast track infrastructural renewal in Abia schools.
He is also committed to ensuring that the recently launched school feeding program, which the Abia State government is doing in partnership with farmers in the state, is sustained.