Ebonyi State First Class graduates have called out the state government over a scholarship programme that has failed to deliver on it’s promises.
The graduates, totalling 78, have disclosed that the only funds they received from the governemnt is N50,000 each which was given to them to change thier wardrobe after the approval of the defunct scholarship.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the chairman of the first-class graduates, Mr. Chima Idenyi, made the call at the end of their general meeting on Friday.
Counting their losses, Chima said since the pronouncement of the scholarship by the governor, most of them have become jobless while others dropped out of school as they dumped their different jobs thinking the governor will keep to his words.
Idenyi, however, wondered where the government that could not pay approximately 400,000 tuition fee for each of the 78 graduates, will give N1 million each to over 3000 youths in the name of #EndSARS Youth Empowerment Summit.
They also questioned the government to account for the 20,000.00 monthly stipends which was approved in August 2019.
Idenyi said: “Since August 2019, a monthly stipend of 20,000.00 was approved for us but up to date, we have not received anything, we ask, who is squandering the money approved for us?
“The worst of it all is that our family and other sponsors since the pronouncement of the scholarship by Ebonyi State government have stopped contributing to our upkeep thinking that government is taking care of us.
“We are calling on the state government to please cease to announce on radio that they gave us scholarship and tell the public the truth that they brought us up to frustrate us as many of us that are already working has lost our jobs thinking that the government was real.
“We have since 2019 till this time written letters to the permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, nothing happened, we also wrote to the Commissioner for Education, yet nothing happened, we wrote to the secretary to the state government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, yet nothing happened, we wrote to the deputy governor and Governor Umahi, himself, yet he read and did not reply, we also sent messages to him which he read and still fail to reply.