A GROUP of professionals in Lagos, Atamu Social Klub of Nigeria (ASKN), is to give scholarships to 10 indigent but brilliant Urhobo students in different institutions nationwide.
According to Fidelis Odia, chairman of Atamu Scholarship Awards Committee, the students who would be given the scholarships at an awards ceremony billed for the palace of the Osu Ivie of Agbarho on Saturday, November 24, emerged after scaling a tough screening and interview exercise conducted by a panel of academics at Delta State University, Abraka made up of Prof. (Mrs.) Rose Aziza, Dr. Sunny Ahwefeada and E. M. Darah, and another in Lagos comprising Dr. Thomas Evwierhoma, Dr. Anthony Okeregbe and Innocent Towurhor.
While Ahwefeada will present a paper on “Role of Socio-Cultural Institutions in the Development and Growth of Education” at the awards ceremony, Chief Michael Omeru, chairman of Niger Construction Company, is chairman of the event.
Odia explained that the maiden edition of the Atamu Annual Scholarship Awards was meant to precede the takeover of the Atamu Educational Endowment Fund instituted during the administration of Obaro Osah, former president of the club, by a board of Urhobo leaders.
Valentine Omamogho, president of Atamu, commended Osah and Abraham Ogbodo, his predecessors in office, for working to realise the project aimed at assisting indigent but brilliant Urhobo students.
Atamu, he said, had in its over two decades of existence embarked on different projects to promote the Urhobo agenda of development, including the launch of the first ever Urhobo Dictionary, hosting of a forum to discuss Urhobo affairs, among others.