Akuku-Toru chairman awards scholarships to 245 students

Two hundred and Forty-five students who came tops during the summer lessons organised by the Chairman of Akuku Toru Local Government Area, Rowland Sekibo have been awarded one-year scholarship and development empowerment.

Hon Sekibo, during the world literacy day and the official closing ceremony of the Third Edition of the Rowland Sekibo free summer classes, said that the gesture was to encourage the students and spur others to do better in the next edition.

He further said he was committed to ensuring good education in the area and seeing students from Akuku Toru Local Government excel in their various schools.

The Council boss who also donated twelve thousand, five hundred exercise books to the two thousand students, who participated in the summer school in six communities in the area, charged them to be good ambassadors in their various schools.

“We realise that education is the key, it is the best thing we can give to the younger generation. There will be no limit to our achievements if when our minds are developed, for those of you who did well, we will pay your school fees for the next one year’.

Sekibo, while also addressing the participants advised them to be diligent and always keep good company who will not lure them into restiveness and crime.

Also speaking at the event, the Special Assistant to the Chairman on Education, Asikitams Edwards said the essence of the Rowland Sekibo Summer School was to improve the intellect of the students and to keep them in touch with their books during the holiday adding that the vision of the council boss is to provide adequate facilities that will improve reading culture in various schools in the area.

Rowland Sekibo promised that he was committed to restoring adequate power to the people of the area, saying that everything meant for the restoration of full power supply in the area were already on ground, but the Ahoada power transmitting station, in Ahoada Local Government area which supplies powers to the area was shut down by some protesting youths.

The council boss, however, urged the people to be patient as the issue is being resolved amicably.

Meanwhile, Mr John Onyi, the Manager, Cooperate Communications, Port Harcourt Power Distribution Company, who confirmed this to our Correspondent, said that the issue at the transmitting station affects not just Akuku-Toru, but some parts of Bayelsa state as well.

He also said that plans were ongoing to resolve the issues to allow workers at the transmitting station to return to work soon.