A senior secondary school student of Akashede Girls College in Obiaruku, Ukwuani local government area of Delta state, Miss Anita Okpochini, has won scholarship to pursue her university education in any university of her choice.
The scholarship would run from first year to her final year by Prince Ned Nwoko, former member of the House of Representatives and Delta north senatorial aspirant for the 2019 general elections.
Miss Okpochini achieved this feat following her accomplishment at the swimming competition organized by Prince Nwoko as part of the activities lined up for the ground breaking ceremony of the STARS University being established by Prince Nwoko.
Okpochini won two gold medals at the swimming event, one for relay race and the other for personal event, hence emerging the best in the keenly contested competition at mount Delta on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Nwoko said for achieving this feat, Okpochini will be giving a scholarship for her university education through her degree studies.
The competition which was tagged ‘Hon Ned Nwoko swimming competition’ held at the Mount Delta at Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha north local government area of Delta state.
At the heavily attended event, Nwoko told the people that the university is for people who would study all courses along with sports. He said: “You can study Biology with sports, you can study any course along with sports,” noting that it will give interested students opportunity to study two courses at the same time.
He said Delta state has been best in sports and still remain the best, adding that beginning from when it was Bendel state, the state was clinching the best position and now that it has been splitted into two, Edo and Delta, Delta is not lagging behind.
Besides the competition where Okpochini emerged victorious, the event was for the block laying ceremony for effective takeoff of administrative and academic activities in the proposed premier sports university in Nigeria.
The event signals the formal construction work on the takeoff site with the blocks for administration, classrooms and hall of residence of the proposed university.
The commencement of the project is coming on the heels of the approval granted to the premier university of sports in the sub-Saharan Africa by the National Universities Commission (NUC), on November 3, 2017.
At the event, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who was very pleased with the sports university, encouraged wealthy individuals to bring home the less privileged and give them the needed assstance.
Represented by the commissioner for higher education, Jude Sinebe, Okowa said: ”This groundbreaking event is a call to service. Let those who are blessed in our various communities in Nigeria come back home and invest in their communities.
“Let us bring our investments back home to develop our communities so that those who cannot afford to travel around can have the benefits of such facilities back home. The governor noted that ‘’this Sports University would be the first in sub-Saharan Africa, when completed.”
He commended the founder, Prince Ned Nwoko, for this initiative and contributions to humanity.
He noted that the university has become important, given the position of sports as a unifying factor and called on the people to support the project.
The founder, Nwoko, thanked all for coming and recalled how John Fashanu, Chioma Ajunwa, among others, had done the country proud in their sports exploits. He said Fashunu and Ajunwa remained his friends because they were sources of inspiration to him.
He said: “Many Nigerians are out there representing this country in various fields of sports, we have the raw talents, characters and we have children that we have to train.
He said the university would concentrate on sports and conventional courses, adding that students will be admitted into any discipline of their choice with sports as joint honours.