Abagana Committee of Friends (ACF) has given scholarship awards to 20 deserving students in Abagana community, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. The award recipients considered best in their various schools, were selected from the eight primary and two secondary public schools in the community.
According to the President-General, Abagana Committee of Friends, Mr. Tom Okoye, the annual award ceremony was set up in 1998 as part of efforts to encourage healthy academic competition and discourage exam malpractices and other vices such as robbery, truancy, among students.
The Chairman of the occasion, Chief (Dr) J.C. Okafor, while corroborating Okoye’s statements, added that the award ceremony, 17th since its inception, has yielded noticeable dividends to the community as their students now take their academic endeavour more seriously than before in their bid to capture the coveted prize. He stressed the need for their wealthy sons and daughters who have not keyed into the dream of the association to do so for the good of the community.
Award categories given to the students included cash prize award of N20,000 for overall best student in SS2 class in each of the two secondary schools in Abagana namely Nnamdi Azikiwe Secondary School (NASSA), and Girls’ Secondary School; cash prize award of N10,000 for the overall best students in JSS2 of same two schools, and cash prize award of N5,000 to the overall best pupil in Primary 5 in each of the eight primary schools in Abagana.
Also in the categories are: Arc. Jidemma Foundation Award of N20,000 cash prize to the best overall student in Mathematics, N20,000 to the best overall student in mathematics in JSS2 in Girls’ Secondary School; Celine Ezenwa Foundation Award of N20,000 cash prize to the best overall student in Physics in SS2, Girls’ Secondary School, Abagana; N20,000 to the best overall student in mathematics in JSS2 in same school; Dr Chris Anyakora Foundation Award of N20,000 cash prize to the best overall student in Economics in SS2 in NASSA; N20,000 cash prize to the best overall student in Economics in SS2 in Girls’ Secondary School, Abagana.
In his remarks, the Principal of the school, Mr. Ofoedu Clems, extolled the kind virtues of the group which he noted have impacted positively on his students, stressing that he would not leave any stone unturned in his desperate bid to turn around the fortunes of the school for good.