In line with its unwavering dedication to the transformation of the Igala society, Project IGALA, a non-religious, non-political and non-governmental organisation has awarded scholarships to 417 orphans and children of the less privilege in Primary and Post-Primary schools in the Igala speaking areas of Kogi State. The awards cover their school fees for the 2009 academic session in the first instance.
The disbursements, which coincided with the yuletide celebration and lasted till the first week of January 2009, took members of the group to 16 communities, which cut across the 9 LGAs that constitute the eastern part of Kogi state. The beneficiaries, who all came disadvantaged backgrounds, were painstakingly selected by Group’s Committee on Education in collaboration with Project IGALA’s Grassroots Committees which comprises Community, Women and Youth Leaders in the 16 communities. The selected communities which all reflect the origins of the members of the Group are Agbeji, Ajagwumu, Ajiolo Oja-ji, Alloma, Anyigba, Egume Aloko-Egbe, and Ejule. Others are Ikpakpala, Inye, Iyogbo, Odu-Ochelle, Odenyi, Ofakaga 1, Ofakaga-Ojejini, Okele, and Umomi.
Speaking at the chain of events, the Moderator of the Group, Atâyi Babs commended the members of the group for their undying love for their fatherland as evidenced in their contributions towards the scholarship scheme and assured the host communities of more holistic socio-economic and infrastructural interventions aimed at propelling Igala land into a future of global relevance. In his own remarks, the Chairman of the Group’s Education Committee, Hon. David Abutu enjoined the beneficiaries to be studious as Project IGALA intends to sponsor them till the end of their university education. He further added that his committee is already looking into ways of increasing access to quality education in Igala through the provision of ICT facilities, libraries and modern classrooms.
The Traditional Rulers, Community Leaders and Guardians of the beneficiaries who attended the events in their numbers extolled Project IGALA’s kind gestures, which they remarked, was novel in their part of the country and called on other groups to emulate Project IGALA.
Musa Haruna Esq