Asaba Ladies League Awards Scholarships To 33 Female Indigenes

By Patrick Mgbodo NO fewer than 33 female Asaba indigenes, drawn from
public secondary schools in the Delta State Capital,
have received scholarship grants by the Asaba Ladies
League (ALL), in partnership with the Asaba Association
Incorporated, Washington DC, as incentives to better the lot
of the girl child.
In his address at the auspicious event which held at League
House, Asaba, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary
Education, Barrister Chiedu Ebie, who was represented by
the Director of Education, Mr Paul Okpala, described the
gesture as one of the critical ways of encouraging learners
to be committed to their studies as well as reinforcing the
commitment of parents towards the education of their
children.
While declaring the scholarship scheme open, Ebie said
‘in line with the mandate of His Excellency, the Governor of
Delta State, Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, in his SMART
Agenda, the mission of our Ministry is to totally revamp and
reposition the education sector of the state’ even as he urged
the beneficiaries of the scheme to make proper use of the
opportunity to further improve themselves.
‘I also wish to encourage other good spirited individuals
and organizations to emulate this kind gesture by partnering
with the state through the Ministry to sponsor other academic
and sporting activities in our schools especially in these
times of dwindling economy as government alone cannot
do it all’ Ebie said.
Speaking with newsmen, the National President, ALL,
Chief Mrs. Rose Nwosu JP, said that educating the female
child is educating the nation, adding that the partnership
which brought the initiative to fruition can be described as
divine intervention, even as she prayed that the era of female
suppression would be eradicated once they (girls) get good
education.
The Octogenarian also said that ALL remains a disciplined
body whose membership is limited to Asaba women either
by birth or marriage, and is devoid of internal squabbles
as characterized by other associations, stressing that, it
is committed to the advancement of humanity through
charitable works, even as she said that the association was
formed in 1979.
According to the Chairperson, Asaba branch, Ezinne Felicia
Ogosi, the scholarship scheme would be sustained and
improved as plans are underway to accommodate higher
institutions, adding that the criteria for qualification is devoid
of sentiments and is designed for female Asaba indigenes in
Senior Secondary Schools.
Quoting the wife of former American President, Hilary
Clinton, the representative of Asaba Association Incorporated,
Washington DC, Mrs. Rita Ntosi, said ‘it takes a village to
raise a child’ noting that the association synergized with the
Anioma Association of Washington DC, to raise funds, even
as she commended the Asaba Ladies League and hoped for
future collaborations to the benefit of the girl child.