Vanguard (Lagos)

10 January 2013

Nigeria: Best NECO, SSCE Candidate Gets Anambra Scholarship

Awka — MISS Sandra Anazor from Anambra State, who emerged the overall best in the last National Examinations Council, NECO, and West African School Certificate, WASC, examinations, has been awarded scholarship by Anambra State Government to further her education in the university.

The recipient studied at Federal Government Girl's College, Onitsha, for the junior secondary and Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha for the senior secondary education.

During her school years, she won many laurels at various academic competitions.

Receiving Anazor at Government House, Awka, yesterday, Governor Peter Obi handed her a cheque of N2, 220,000 to cover the six years study at the University of Ibadan, where she had already secured admission to study medicine.

Obi, on the occasion, said he was proud of Anazor's accomplishments, adding that performances such as hers encouraged him to keep visiting secondary schools in the state to encourage students to take their studies seriously.

He used the occasion to list Anambra people who he described as champions in their fields, explaining that the state would keep searching for such people wherever they are with the view to presenting them as role models to the younger ones.

The governor gave example with the heart centre his administration was building at St. Joseph's Hospital, Adazi-Nnukwu, which was named after a foremost American-based Cardiologist, Dr. Joe Nwiloh, from Anambra State, adding that other Anambrarians who have excelled in their fields would be similarly recognised.

Obi used the opportunity to call on the people of the state to see education as the most portent instrument for competition.

Principals of the two secondary schools Anazor attended, Rev Sr. Maria Nwankwo of QRC Mrs. Chinyere Nzerem of FGGC, who were at the ceremony, expressed happiness at her performance and pledged to continue to produce exceptional students in their schools.

In her speech, Anagor commended the state government for the gesture, stating that Governor Obi has proved beyond doubt that he loves education.

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