The executive Chairman of Toungo local government council of Adamawa state, Mr Kefas Calvin, also known as Mr Yanci has set up a scholarship scheme for indigenes to study sciences.
Flagging off the program termed Mr. Yenci Proficiency Scholarship Scheme (PSS) at the Government Secondary School, GSS Toungo on Wednesday, the Chairman disclosed that the local government will offer full scholarship to students who emerge successful through the selection processes.
A young activist in Toungo who is also a lecturer at the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi in Kebbi state, Mr Bello Tukura heads the committee for selections of the students who will benefit from the scheme.
A total of 40 students have been selected through examinations and aptitude tests conducted by the Tukura-led committee.
Terminal year students selected from all Junior Secondary Schools, JSS in the local government area have taken the exams/aptitude test from whom the successful candidates for the scholarship emerged.
In his remarks, Bello Tukura, the chairman of the selection committee commended the council chairman for his gesture to improve the educational standard of the citizens. He assured all and sundry of fairness and justice throughout the process.
“This program tagged as Mr. Yenci Proficiency Scholarship Scheme is aimed at identifying high caliber of science oriented students, the younger ones who are in junior secondary schools and who aspire to further their education in science related courses.
“This program is to identify them, encourage them, motivate them and sponsor them to further their education because the future of this local government lies in their hands” Tukura said.
The executive chairman, Mr Yanci in his speech, noted that the local government is far behind in the state in term of education and infrastructural deficit. But assured his government is committed to bridging the gab in quality and quantity for a new Toungo.
“This our government is less than a year old, but it is a child of necessity, with full aim of reviving education sector in Toungo, particularly science areas, this includes overhauling the entire science laboratories in GSS Toungo and sponsoring over 50 students in the various Nigerian universities.
“Mr. Yenci Proficiency Scholarship Scheme is a top-notch scholarship with the sole aim of sponsoring Toungo local government indigenes with exceptional talent of science orientation across the ten political wards.
“A memorandum of understanding will be signed with the selected science schools where our children will be enrolled and will be fully funded by the local government.” Mr Kefas said.
Kefas Calvin also told FOMBINATIMES of his administration’s plan to institutionalize the scheme for continuity even after his term in office.
He said “the ward councilors who are the legislators of the local government were present at the occasion and that is part of the plan to make it a law here so that it becomes a continues process”
In her remarks, the former director of statistics, research and planning of education in the local government, Mrs Grace B. Ayuba emphasized the need of enrolling young girls into the scheme.
In his votes of thanks, the Principal of Government Junior Secondary School Toungo, Mallam Usman Ali commended the local Government Chairman and urged the students to thank him for his kind gesture.
The Principal recalled when they were threatened to cancel WAEC center in the local government because of lack of Laboratories but upon meeting the chairman, he assured them that he has taken up the matter, and now they have the laboratories.
“You are the first man to do that in this land. During this recent WAEC, the students used the laboratories for their practical and will still use it during the coming exams and these laboratories will stand the test of time.” Mallam Ali said.