The Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, on Saturday instituted a N10 million scholarship scheme for indigent school children in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra. Chidoka made the scheme public at the third Obiora Festival and reception held for him by the Obosi community.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the festival marks the beginning of the consumption of new yam by Obosi community. Chidoka said that his friends who were interested in ensuring that indigent members of the community acquire high level of education would provide funds for the scholarship scheme.
“The community had produced such personalities as the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku.
“With a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the community cannot afford to go back on education pursuits,” Chidoka said. Chidoka also commended the people of Obosi and the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, for organizing the reception.
Earlier, Iweka, said that the minister had excelled as the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission. Iweka said that the festival had always been celebrated yearly to usher in the new yam harvest and to reiterate the importance of the farm produce as a fruitful crop.
He said that the new yam festival provides members of the community opportunity to offer prayers to God for peace in Obosi community. Speaking on the sidelines of the event, the FRSC Deputy Corps Marshal in charge of Training, Mr Omidiji Adeyemi, told NAN that the occasion presented another veritable window for the showcasing of the rich cultural heritage of the country.
“The occasion also signifies the unity of Nigeria as seen in the attendance by people from different parts of the country,” said Oyeyemi, who represented FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi. Dignitaries who attended the occasion included the Deputy Senate President, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, a former governor of Anambra, Dame Patience Etiaba, and Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi. (NAN)