The Akwa Ibom State Government has established an N100 million Education Fund with the goal of encouraging and assisting physically challenged undergraduates who are studying in tertiary institutions within the state.
Governor Umo Eno made this announcement during a courtesy visit by the leadership of the National Association of Students with Disabilities, University of Uyo chapter, at the Government House in Uyo.
The purpose of this initiative is to provide a sense of inclusion and support to these students, both those from Akwa Ibom and those residing in the state, with the intention of improving their lives. Governor Eno emphasized the importance of ensuring that the funds are managed by the Ministries of Education and Women Affairs and Social Welfare, and he called for thorough verification to ensure that the deserving individuals benefit from the government’s efforts.
He also warned against any bureaucratic obstacles that may hinder the efficient distribution of the funds.
His words: “We have set up a fund for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Women Affairs to manage. The Accountant General will look at it, and the Secretary of State Government will facilitate it.
“We will deposit N100 million, and the fund is to support all disabled or physically challenged students in the public tertiary institutions. For disabled Akwa Ibom students and those residing around here, the money is set aside for them.
“The Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Education will verify that the beneficiaries are in school and pay fees directly to their schools, then give them a little allowance to keep them in school until graduation.”