Beneficiaries of the first batch of the Engineer Michael Auta Scholarship Program have received their award letters to study outside the shores of Nigeria.
Salama News reports that the beneficiaries who are one hundred in number, were selected from across the eight local government areas that made up Kaduna South Senatorial District.
Speaking during the Scholarship award ceremony held on Saturday at the Labor Party Campaign Office in Kafanchan, the sponsor of the scholarship program, Engineer Michael Ayuba Auta, commended the committee members for carrying out a thorough job.
Speaking through a representative and Provost of the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State University, Professor Ibrahim Sodangi assured the beneficiaries and their parents that they will not be abandoned throughout their studies, because the three years tuition fees, accommodation and books have been paid for each of the beneficiaries.
He challenged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity and be good ambassadors of Nigeria and their parents while in Togo.
Earlier, the Chairman, Engineer Michael Ayuba Auta Educational Foundation, Professor Mande Hosea said the beneficiaries were selected after they passed the test in both character and academics.
While announcing that the beneficiaries will be departing Nigeria on the 2nd of February, 2023 to begin their studies at the Iheris University in Togo, Professor Mande explained that the next phase of the scholarship will be for Students studying in Nigerian universities who have 3 CGPA points and above.
In a remark, the Assistant Secretary and Director Campaign and Electoral Matters of Engineer Michael Auta Senatorial Campaign Council, Mr. Gabriel Ishaku, said Engineer Auta did not embarked on the gesture because of his ambition but has been a philanthropist who is sponsoring many children of the less privileged to study in both Nigeria and outside the country.
Some of the parents Mrs. Victoria Simon Jatau and Rev. Stephen Avejong, while thanking the sponsor for wiping their tears by giving their children hope, prayed God to provide all his heart desires.
Speaking in an interview with Salama News, some of the beneficiaries thanked Engineer Michael Auta for given them the opportunity to study their various courses of choice out the shores of Nigeria, even as they pledged not to take the opportunity for granted.
Highpoint of the event was a cultural presentation and a prayer session by mothers for the success of the aspiration of the sponsor and for God to shield him against the snares of the wicked.