The Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Prof Ozo-mekuri Ndimele, awards scholarship to visually impaired student.
Pius Silver, a 300 level visually impaired student of music department in Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, was awarded scholarship for the remaining years of his study in the University.
The announcement was made by Prof Ozo-mekuri Ndimele, at the 26th inaugural lecture of the institution in Port Harcourt.
He said, “Because of his commitment to his musical studies and his God given talent, the school, Ignatius Ajuru University hereby award Pius Silver scholarship to conclude the remaining parts of his program.
“The school will do more if any student in any department prove his or herself worthy in his or her field of study.
“This should serve as a challenge to all students that the management of this great institution is passionate and willing to support and encourage the growth of any student.”
However, the VC also announced the sum of two hundred thousand naira for the upkeep and other essential needs of the student.
“Your passion for what you do and what you study is overwhelming. The school management have resolved to support your dream with the sun of two hundred thousand naira to enable achieve your desired goal and we will continue to assist you in any way we can.
“Don’t hesitate to write to us any time. You are now a son of the school, congratulations.”
On his part, Professor Charles Iwundu, chairman of the inaugural lecture committee, promised to give a monthly stipend of ten thousand naira to the student all through his sojourn in the University.
Professor Ndimele noted that he has watched the student participate passionately in most activities that involved the music department, but never knew that he was visually impaired until he was told at the event.
He said the charisma the student displays when he plays the saxophone despite his challenge was an eloquent indication of passion for his study, adding that the scholarship and other financial assistance were to encourage him.