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How I Got The MTN Foundation Scholarship …Recipient Recounts His Journey

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Mr. Ifenna, an indigene of Nnewi, Anambra state was among the brightest at Christ way Secondary school in 2010. However, the graduate of Chemical Engineering would have been an apprentice due to lack of funds.  He lost his first admission to study Geology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University and had to reapply for Chemical Engineering. The kind gesture of the then Vice-Chancellor on payment flexibility made him scale through his first year. However, in his second year, there was a setback due to the demise of the breadwinner in his family.  

 

With the determination to succeed, Ifenna applied for the MTN Foundation Scholarship. Recalling the day of the exams, Ifenna said he was nervous as some students whispered that only students studying telecommunication and electrical courses will be selected. However, the remark by the coordinator “Everyone buys recharge card” calmed his nerves.

“On the day I got the mail informing me of my selection, I called my mum who screamed in excitement. The scholarship is an answered prayer as I was saved by MTN. “I was not only studying, I was studying to be successful. The disbursement, which was timely benefited not just me but everyone around me. I had some textbooks and I lent others so it was a motivation. My only task was to ensure I maintained my CPGA all through. Thank you MTN” he quipped. 

Apart from the scholarship, MTN also prepared the students for the labour market at an employability programme. The MTN foundation awards annual scholarships worth N200, 000 to eligible students  in science related disciplines and blind students studying any discipline under its Science and Technological scholarship scheme (STSS) and Scholarship scheme for the Blind Students (SBSS) respectively. The students under both schemes are from public universities, colleges of Education and polytechnics across Nigeria. In addition, students on either scheme who maintain the required grades would have their scholarships renewed annually until they graduate.

The Graduates are further trained on employability skills to ensure that they are better equipped for the realities of the Labour market.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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