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Don’t Scrap Amnesty Programme, Beneficiary Begs Buhari

Posted: Jun 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

From Yemi Akintomide, Akure


A student under the scholarship programme of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Eric Yanyangbini, has emerged the best male graduate of Oba Erediauwa College of Law, Igbinedion University (IU), Okada, Edo State.

Yanyangbini, who obtained his first degree over 15 years ago from the former Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti (now Ekiti State University), shared the top spot of the graduating law class with the best female graduate, Ukuroma Ada Sambo, at the 2014/2015 Valedictory Session of the Law College, last Saturday at the university’s auditorium in Okada town.

In a chat with newsmen after his conferment with the award, the Arogbo-Ijaw, Ondo State-born law graduate urged the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, not to scrap the PAP, to allow other beneficiaries of the scholarship and other programmes of the amnesty conclude their programmes and achieve re-integration into the society.

While making the plead, Yanyangbini noted that it would be a waste of resources for the country and big loss to the affected students if the programme were stopped mid-way, as many of the students would not be able to afford the school fees of their various private universities, where they are currently undergoing studies.

“Let me use this medium to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Amnesty Office, for giving me and my colleagues the very unique opportunity to obtain university education through the scholarship programme of PAP.

“I will equally urged our new President, Muhammadu Buhari, to continue with this laudable programme in order to allow the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme conclude their studies and vocation so that the money spent on them so far will not be a waste.

“In this university alone (IU), about 500 students are currently enjoying the scholarship programme from the Amnesty Office, not to talk of other private universities, both home and abroad, which will make it pretty difficult for the parents of these students to meet their financial obligations if the scholarship programme suddenly stops,” he said.

Yanyangbini also thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity of fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer after he graduated with bachelor’s degree in English Language, adding, “I feel very happy today to have had the opportunity to study in the premier private university in Nigeria, and eventually graduate as a lawyer.”