BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja
The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye, has released the sum of N3 million for the payment of next year’s West African Examinations Council’s (WAEC) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) fees for 175 indigent students across the seven local government areas of his constituency in Kogi State.
According to a statement issued on Thursday and signed by Melaye’s media aide, Gideon Ayodele, the total 175 candidates are drawn equally from the seven LGAs at 25 students per local government area.
“Senator Dino Melaye has further instructed that the candidates that will benefit from the scheme must be indigent students that cannot afford the payment for the WAEC registration.
“It could be recalled that this same gesture was enjoyed by over 340 candidates that wrote JAMB this year. This further shows the concern of the distinguished Senator for the less privileged in the society,” the statement said.
Ayodele revealed that, a parent of one of the beneficiaries, who is a highly respected community leader from Lokoja, in an emotion-laden response to the gesture by Melaye, thanked the lawmaker for the intervention and the financial relief, even as he assured that their children and wards would justify the gesture by coming out in flying colours.