Reprieve has come the way of 16-year-old Joy Abahi Amuh who got the best WAEC result in 2020 in Benue State as an NGO has given her N500,000 to eable her continue her education.
Joy made “A” in all the nine subjects she wrote at the St Paul Secondary School, Otukpo.
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However, lack of money stopped her from taking the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), hence she took a teaching appointment with a nursery and primary school to enable her save money to further her education.
While teaching, succour came her way a few days ago when the NGO, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF), in partnership with Benue Investment and Property Company (BIPC), gave her a cash prize of N500,000 for emerging as the “Best Graduating Student” in the state in 2020.
Joy could not hold back tears as she stepped forward to receive the award from the founder of ELSF and wife of the Benue State Governor, Dr Eunice Ortom.
Mrs Ortom congratulated her and urged other girls to emulate her remarkable achievement.
She described the scholarship as timely owing to the fact that the recipient could not immediately pursue a higher education due to lack of money.
The Managing Director of BIPC, Barrister Alex Adum, said the award was purely out of merit to aid the awardee’s educational pursuit.
He said, “We have elected to carry out this award in order to encourage excellence in learning and hardwork among our teeming youths.
“What we are witnessing today is the beginning of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is anchored on rewarding merit and excellent performance of Benue youths, particularly in academics, in order for them to realise their potentials.”
Joy thanked BIPC and ESLF for the gesture, which she said would help nurture her dream of becoming a television broadcaster.
Joy who hails from Igaluwa community of Ugboju District in Otukpo LGA of the state, attended RCM Primary School, Ipom-Ugboju, and then proceeded to St Paul’s Secondary School, Otukpo.
The Principal of St Paul’s, Mr Peter Emaikwu said Joy was a hardworking, dedicated and focused student.