A member of the House of Representatives, Mallam Mohammed Omar-Bio, has procured forms for 52 candidates of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in his constituency.
Omar-Bio, representing Baruten/Kaiama constituency in the lower legislative chamber, presented the forms to the candidates on Monday in Kaiama, Kaiama Local Government area of Kwara.
The lawmaker said that the grant was aimed at encouraging the education pursuit of the affected candidates and educational development of his constituency.
Represented by Alhaji Hameed Siya, Omar-Bio stated that politics should never be seen as an avenue for self-enrichment, but rather, a platform to serve humanity.
“Politics is not and should not be an avenue or escape route from pauperised life and poor background to financial opulence, but a call to selfless service to humanity.
“It should be for bridging the gap between the people and the government by channeling resources from the centre to the grassroots for efficient and effective development.
“This is the path I am threading and the reason I’m here today to foot the form fees of the candidates,” he said.
Omar-Bio, who is also a former Chairman of Baruten local government area, explained that the constituency was desirous of rapid growth and development, hence the urgent need to invest in education, as it remained the bedrock for growth and development.
“Baruten/Kaiama federal constituency is yearning for growth and development, and if we must actualise this dream, then there can be no substitute for education.
“It is on this basis, therefore, that I provide this grant for you (beneficiaries) towards your educational pursuit, as you prepare yourselves for this year’s UTME.
“I hope you will seize the opportunity of this financial support to make me, your parents and the constituency proud by coming out in flying colours in the examination,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that 32 of the candidates came from Baruten, while the remaining 20 were selected from Kaiama.
The lawmaker also disclosed that he had facilitated employments for four constituents from Kaiama in the federal civil service.
Reacting, Hauwa Usman, one of the beneficiaries from Kaiama council area, expressed delight with the grant and assured that all the beneficiaries would make the lawmaker proud.
Usman, who desired to study Nursing/Nursing Science at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, described the gesture was a morale booster.
“We are happy to benefit from this grant and we want to assure you that we will do our best to make the lawmaker and our parents proud.
“This is, indeed, a morale booster. We pray that Allah, in His infinite mercy, will reward the lawmaker in multiple folds,” she said.
In his remarks, Mallam Umar Yero, parent of one of the beneficiaries from Baruten, lauded the lawmaker for good representation and his untiring efforts at ensuring rapid development of the constituency.