A total of 135 persons have sat for the scholarship examinations for pupils and students of Uvwie origin. It was offered by His Lordship Most Rev. John Oke Afareha, Bishop of Warri Catholic Diocese.
Speaking to newsmen at Ugberikoko Primary School, Ugberikoko in Uvwie Local Government, Dame Chief (Mrs.) Rose Oghene, Secretary of Ovie of Uvwie Palace Education/Scholarship Administration Committee disclosed that the number comprised 52 primary one pupils and 83 Junior Secondary School one (JSS1) students from government owned schools.
The educationist who said that the scholarship is part of the the N1 million annual award by the catholic bishop also noted that the gesture was an appreciation by Bishop Afareha and the Catholic Diocese of Warri for the lands given to the church by the Uvwie people and the cordial relationship between the Uvwie people and Catholic Church.
She disclosed further that recipients of the award must be subjected to written examination and oral interview to determine their place of origin which she said must be Uvwie.
Dame Chief (Mrs.) Oghene explained that the scholarship scheme is meant for those in government owned schools.
Engr. (Chief) Richard Egere chairman of Bishop Afereha Scholarship Committee who is also an Uvwie Chief commended the gesture of the catholic bishop just as he called on Uvwie people to make good use of the opportunity.
On his part, a joyous parent of one of the pupil’s who simply identified himself as Godwin Gbegbaje had this to say the Ovie is the best thing that has ever happened to the Uvwie people. We have never had such a king with the vision of light to the people of Uvwie. He has indeed brought light to Uvwie. Long may he reign”