The Akwa Ibom State Government has established an Education Fund of N100 million to provide support and encouragement to physically challenged undergraduate students studying in tertiary institutions within the state.
Governor Umo Eno disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the leadership of the National Association of Students with Disabilities, University of Uyo chapter. The governor emphasized that the fund aims to foster a sense of belonging and improve the lives of these students, whether they are from Akwa Ibom or residing in the state.
He urged the Ministries of Education and Women Affairs and Social Welfare, responsible for managing the funds, to ensure thorough verification and fair distribution without bureaucratic delays.
His words: “We have set up a fund for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Women Affairs to manage. The Accountant General will look at it and the Secretary of State Government will facilitate it.
“We will deposit N100 million and the fund is to support all disabled or physically challenged students in the public tertiary institutions. For disabled Akwa Ibom students and those residing around here, the money is set aside for them.
“The Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Education will verify that the beneficiaries are in school and pay fees directly to their schools, then give them a little allowance to keep them in school until graduation.”