From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Senator Ahmed Wadada (SDP, Nasarawa West) through his Education Foundation has disbursed 2024 West African Examination Council (WAEC) registration fees to 744 less privileged students in public schools in his senatorial zone.
The Chairman, 2024 WAEC Sponsorship Committee, Sen Ahmed Wadada Education Foundation,Mallam Ismaila Nuhu, stated this in Karu local government area Secretariat on Saturday during the disbursement exercise .
According to him, the gesture was borne out of the compassion of Sen. Ahmed Wadada to support less privileged students in public schools by paying for their WAEC registration fees so they can write their examinations and fulfil their dreams.
He stated that 744 kids were chosen from the Nasarawa West Senatorial Zone, which includes the local government areas of Karu, Keffi, Kokona, Nasarawa, and Toto. The pupils will receive educational support from a budget of approximately N25 million.
“This is a wonderful initiative by the distinguished senator because we discovered that we will have brilliant students qualified to write for WAEC but cannot only because of this little amount of money.
“So the senator thought it wise to intervene and support those unable to pay their fees. This is just a start. We understand that the WAEC registration fees is N33, 600 per candidate and Distinguished senator Wadada released N25 million for this gesture.
“So if you divide fees by the amount released by the senator, you will get 744 slots. That is the number of students to be supported across the five local government areas in the Senatorial Zone,” he said.
Nuhu however pointed out that merit in terms of academic performance of the less privileged students was prioritized in the selection of those to benefit with all the electoral wards in the Senatorial Zone benefiting from the gesture.
He further explained that out of the 744 slots earmarked for the students, each local government got 134 slots making it a total of 670 while the remaining slots were offered to opinion and political leaders for their candidates eligible for the 2024 WAEC examinations.
Nuhu who then assured that the gesture will be sustained and the number of students to be supported increased in future exercises urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture of the senator by doing well in their examinations.
Ina goodwill message, Mr James Thomas, Chairman of the area represented by Mr Emmanuel Cheto, Supervisory Councillor, Social Services in Karu LGA lauded the Senator and described the gesture as an impactful philanthropic effort that will help shape the future of the students positively.
“Many before him have been senators but none of them have thought of this noble gesture. We in Karu are fully in support of his effort and pray that the good effort that he has started, he will surely complete it,” he said.
Speaking in an interview, Mrs Mercy Ayuba, Acting Chief Evaluator of Education (CEE) in Nasarawa local government area applauded the senator for the gesture and called on student beneficiaries of the initiative to reciprocate the gesture by excelling in their forthcoming WAEC examinations.
“Our expectations from the students in response to this noble gesture is that they will come out in flying colours.
“However I want to urge parents not to tamper with the money given to these children. If they do, it is future of their children they are tampering with,” she said.
Also speaking, Miss Hafsat Yunusa, a Government Secondary School recipient in the Toto local government area, expressed her appreciation for the senator in a different interview, noting that this was the first time a legislator had tried to help her with her education.
The Voice reports that the committee committee also distributed WAEC registration money to students in Keffi and Kokona local government areas.