An Ebonyi State medical doctor did the unthinkable yesterday. He converted a contribution by his friends for his mother’s burial into a scholarship grants. The grant was worth over N50 million to girls, women and other beneficiaries in the state.

The Doctor announced the donate during the burial ceremony of his late mother, Madam Rebacca Osi, in Ishiagu, Ivo LGA of the state. Doctor Osi expressed his concerns over the inability of many girl children in the state to access basic and tertiary education. Assuring them that this scholarship would assist the beneficiaries in their pursuit for education.

Osi emphasized that the contribution were made by his friends and members of different committees and associates. This was them supporting the burial of his mother, as over N50 million was realized accordingly.

N50 million have been put together for this event by my friends, associates, clubs and good-spirited Nigerians but I know that God has provided what will take Mama’s event to the level that she expected it.

“So, I discussed with my wife and we decided that all that contribution, we will use it to train the children of the poor. We are going to go beyond Ishiagu and Ebonyi State. We will commit the entire fund, over N50million on scholarship in appreciation of Mama’s life.

More women will benefit from that scholarship programme. More girls because when you train a woman, the effect is too magnanimous.

According to the Doctor, 46 graduates have been trained so far in different disciplines. He added that he decided to promote literacy and human capital development.

Doctor Osi added:

I wouldn’t have been a graduate without a scholarship. This scholarship was from the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim. Pius gave the scholarship to over 200 persons when he was the senate President of the Federation.

Doctor Osi mentioned that been trained through the scholarship scheme of Anyim. He needed to train others to reach out to the poor and needy in the society.

Every community has poor people but among the poor people, there are the poorest of the poor. We are among those that are called the poorest of the poor such that even poor people called us poor.

“We were so poor that we couldn’t afford food.  But God, through various people, we were able to solve that mystery and today, the story is long.

“Today, I feel much more fulfilled watching my mother go home the way she wanted it. She always told me that there will be joy when she dies and now, it is exactly the way it is.”