Senator Abe Offers Scholarship to 300 Students, Discountenances Criticisms

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 The senator representing Rivers South-east in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe has offered scholarship support to some 300 indigent students while flaying  unfiltered criticisms at his gestures.
He presented bank draft to 300 beneficiaries, as part of his annual school fees support scheme.

By this development, 900 indigent final year students in institutions of higher learning drawn from the seven local government areas of Rivers South-east, have benefitted from the exercise that started in 2012.

Abe made the remark while presenting the support to the students at his constituency office, Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area noting that the empowerment initiatives he introduced, some of which are designed to provide employment and build capacity in the constituency were not part of his constituency project.

“What I do is between me and my God. I don’t effect actions to expect praise. Whatever I do is based on my conviction; it is about my relationship with my people and not about what people will say or not”. The Senate Committee Chairman on Petroleum (Downstream) said.

He stated that the scholarship scheme among others were initiated in line with his commitment to invest in the people, encourage educational excellence and competition, adding that a society without competition produces people who know everybody, but know nothing.

“Amongst us here, are people from different backgrounds, and political beliefs. What qualifies you for this exercise is merit. The reason we insist on merit is that any society that does not base its values on merit, will be full of people who know everybody but know nothing. We want to build a society full of people who know something even if they don’t know anybody.”
“There are people whose stock-in-trade is to condemn others; their attitude cannot stop us from doing what we think is right or God’s intention for us. If we buy wrappers for the women of the district as part of our appreciation strategy outside the constituency projects; what is wrong with that”, the Senator asked.

In their remarks, facilitator of the scheme, Kadilo Kabari, President, National Union of Oyigbo Students, Nwankwo Chijioke; that of Andoni, Timi Mbaba, and their Opobo/Nkoro counterpart, Solomon Tamunotonye, vowed that students from the senatorial district will continue to support Abe in whatever he aspires for politically.

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