The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) has awarded 50 deserving students with a scholarship worth three million naira, Siggy reports.
Presenting the cheque of N60,000 each to the beneficiaries, at the ASUU secretariat of the institution, the university branch chairman, Comrade Stephen Ufoaroh, said the gesture was meant to support the students to complete their university education, despite the financial challenges the union is currently facing.
In the comrade’s voice: “ASUU-UNIZIK still saw the need to help in alleviating the suffering of our students, who have also borne the pains of the ruling class’s insensitivity to the suffering of the masses.
“We tasked ourselves to raise the fund for this scholarship being awarded today. This sacrifice is part of our social responsibility to our students and their parents.”
The Comrade also disclosed that the ASUU’s national body also awarded a scholarship of N100,000 each, to the most deserving students in all public universities in Nigeria, of which a student of UNIZIK, Miss Ikele Chinenye Elizabeth was a beneficiary.
“With this scholarship award, it is evidence that ASUU as a union understands the plight of the students and as such we will go to any length to protect their interest, which has made us resist every attempt by the Federal Government to introduce tuition fees in public universities.
“The reason is that know that many of our students are striving to succeed and can hardly pay for the current service charges being paid in federal and state universities,” Ufoaroh explained.