Delta’s N10m donation lifts scholarship fund

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By Okungbowa Aiwerie, Asaba

The Delta State Government has donated N10 million to the Scholarship Endowment Fund instituted by Uwheru Community in Ughelli North L.G.A, for children of 10 persons allegedly murdered by herdsmen.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa also announced financial support of N700,000 each to the families of the 10 deceased victims and N750,000 to the lone survivor of the attack.

Okowa, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Chiedu Ebie, appealed to well-meaning Deltans and Nigerians to contribute to the fund to enable children of the victims acquire education from primary to tertiary level.

He said the state government contributed to the fund because it was concerned about the education of the children.

Okowa lamented that the menace of herdsmen attack was a national issue, claiming that herdsmen had caused a lot of destruction, killing, maiming and raping of women.

He said his administration was determined to improve on the security of the state.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Prof Patrick Muboghare thanked the government for identifying with them in their grief.

Muoboghare said nine of 10 persons killed by the herdsmen died in the bush, while one died at the hospital.   He said the 11th person, Kenneth Okerohwo, survived and was recuperating in the hospital.

He said the community decided to institute a scholarship endowment fund for the training of the children of deceased numbering 26, from primary to tertiary level; and thanked the state government for contributing to the endowment fund.