N100m scholarship: Ngoforo selects more 27 Ideato North students for studies abroad
By Afam Njoku
No fewer than twenty-seven Ideato North students have benefited from the third batch of the scholarship scheme of the Ngoforo Foundation. This was disclosed by Chairman of the Foundation, Franklin Ngoforo, on Wednesday while addressing the beneficiaries in Urualla, Ideato North.
According to Ngoforo, a real estate giant who also is the frontline PDP aspirant for the Ideato North Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, the beneficiaries, consisting of undergraduate and postgraduate students, have had their admissions secured in South Africa and Canada and all other expenses fully footed by his Foundation.
Ngoforo Foundation had in 2019 endowed the sum of N100 million as its empowerment fund, which it channels into agriculture, commerce and education.
Speaking at the event on Thursday on behalf of his son who is among the beneficiaries, Mazi Chika Udumukor, revealed that this is the biggest breakthrough his household has witnessed in his lifetime. He also said that he has confidence in the capacity of his son, Echezona, to excel in Canada and return with laurels.
Another beneficiary, Chibuike Mbagwu, expressed excitement that his dream of being a pharmacist has come to pass. He thanked the Chairman of the Ngoforo Foundation, Franklin Ngoforo, for his philanthropy, and prayed God to continue to bless him.
Briefing newsmen after the event, Franklin Ngoforo lamented that the long years of bad political representation in Ideato North have left human capital development in tatters.
His words, “We have had leaders who don’t care about the younger ones, who don’t plan a future for our teeming youth population. Any society that fails to build a future for the youths is already doomed,” he said.
Ngoforo, also affirmed that, “Through my Foundation, I intend to impact positively on the lives of our people. The target is to raise an army of educated, skilled and prosperous young people in Ideato North who will be a blessing to humanity.”