The Gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Obong Nsima Ekere, has restated his commitment to pay students of Akwa Ibom origin in tertiary institutions N25,000 each as bursary.
He spoke at the 2018 Transfiguration Conference of Wings of Redemption Ministry Incorporated, which featured the dedication of the church’s children and youth auditorium, at the church’s Camp of Destiny, Ikot Oko, Oruk Anam Local Government Area on Tuesday.
Ekere, who is presently the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), said he would, on assumption of office as Governor, resume the bursary payment which was stopped by the present State Government.
He dismissed insinuations that it will be impossible for his government to pay the bursary, revealing that he had done his arithmetic which showed that it could be paid with ease.
Ekere stressed that the bursary payment was significant because it would relieve the burden of many poor parents who could not afford fees for their children in tertiary institutions.
He pledged to tackle the problem of poverty which level, according to him, was unacceptable given the amount of revenue that accrued to the state monthly.
The APC standard bearer explained that his plan to allow local governments fully access their allocations, unlike the present situation where the State Government controls their funds, was another form of poverty alleviation because local government was the closest government to the grassroots.
He, however, assured that the State Government, under his watch, will monitor local governments to ensure judicious use of their funds.
Ekere expressed delight with the rapid growth of the church and promised to continue to assist the church, particularly to get the requisite facilities including a six-classroom block to enable its secondary school in Oruk Anam get accreditation as a Secondary School Certificate Examination centre.
“Education is the key to sustainable development,” he said. “If we train our children well, it will keep them away from criminality.”
He acknowledged the prayers and support of members of the church over the years and urged them to continue to do so.
The General Overseer of the church, Professor Aniekan Ekere, thanked the NDDC boss for the huge support to the Port Harcourt and Oruk Anam branches of the church including erosion control and donation of a six-classroom block and solicited his assistance to the building of the church’s 10,000 capacity cathedral in the Camp of Destiny.
The cleric, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon and university don, prophesied Ekere’s election as Governor, stressing that no evil power could stop it.
The service featured a prayer session for Ekere and his running mate, Dr. Amadu Attai, led by a Kaduna-based pastor of the church, Rev. Eyo Edet, while Apostle Daniel Ekong of The Believers Assembly preached.
Credit: Inemesit Ina