From Francis Sadhere, Warri
The apex social-cultural body of the Urhobo ethnic nationality, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), United Kingdom, has paid the second instalment of its scholarship given to 48 Urhobo students in various higher institutions across the state.
This is in line with its promise to uplift educational standard of Urhobo students in various higher institutions who are beneficiaries of its 2017/2018 scholarship scheme.
The National Secretary, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) United Kingdom, Olorogun Theodore Ochuko Arayki, who disclosed this in a statement made available to The AURHORITY in Warri, Delta State, said that scholarship grant to Urhobo Students is in line with the vision of UPU UK President Chief (Barrister) Emmanuel Okpako Ganiga and his members to better the lots of Urhobo nation.
According to the statement, Multiple Chief Emmanuel Okpako Ganiga, National President, Urhobo Progress Union(UPU), United Kingdom (UK) said that the payment is in fulfilment of members promise to raise the standard of education of Urhobo citizens in the twenty-first century.
Olorogun Ganiga charged parents to always monitor the activities of their children and wards, and teach them to become worthy ambassadors of Urhobo nation, adding, “I enjoin our elders and parents to teach our children our customs and traditions, teach them our language. Let us preserve our culture and language. There is hope and bright future for the Urhobo nation, these are the future leaders.”
The statement added, “You will recall that the first instalment payment of N50,000 each to all 48 Urhobo Nigerian students were disbursed in February 2018 and now you will be glad to know that payments of N50,000 each of the second instalment started today and will be completed by 14th of June 2018.”
The statement expressed its sincere gratitude to all UPU members in United Kingdom, the President, Chief Okpako Emmanuel Ganiga and called on all other Urhobo associations at home and diaspora to emulate this magnificent example with a view to make Urhobo nation great.
It would be recalled that in his speech in the last convention, Barr Ganiga, had emphasised the need for the Urhobos to be topmost in the scheme of things in Delta State in particular and Nigeria in general, stressing that education is the only way to achieving it.