By Monday EBALU , Benin City
Co ordinator and management of Internally Displaced Persons at Ohogua, Ovia South west local government, Edo state, have apprised the superlative performance of student-inmates of the camp in the recently released Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The co ordinator of the camp, Solomon Folunsho, of the International Christian Mission Centre, told newsmen in an interview in Benin-City that 59 out of the 63 students who wrote the matriculation examinations, scored above 200 while the remaining students scored 198, 197 and 180 respectively.
Folunsho said some of the students scored between 288 and 298. He added that most of them chose University of Benin (UNIBEN) as first choice and Medicine as first course.
He explained that male students scored the highest mark of 298 and 297 than their female counterparts.
He said the inmates are students of the IDPs primary and secondary schools located within the camp.
“For the 2018 JAMB examination, 63 students were enrolled and out of the 63, 59 of them scored above 200. Some scored between 288 and 298, among others and we have the remaining four who scored between 180 and 198. For me, l want to thank God and to the children for their seriousness and hard work. They really want to succeed and they are doing their best.
“I am very very happy and want to thank everyone who has come to contribute to their success, volunteer and employed teachers who taught them. I am really very happy. I also thank the government for giving us the enabling environment for this to happen”,he said.
He also disclosed that more than 200 students of the schools enrolled for this year West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the National Examinations Council (NECO).
While urging other students in the secondary school to emulate their colleagues who had secured admission into various tertiary institutions across the country to study various academic disclpilne, he however appealed to government at all levels, well meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations in the country to invest in the education of the inmates of the camp, as part of corporate social responsibility.
He noted that his joy was that the children were able to surmount all their challenges in the midst of lean resources.
“My joy is that they have been able to surmount all their challenges. Though, with lean resources, they have been able to trust God, utilize and make good use of what they get to prepare themselves for the future like in education, and all other aspect of their life endeavours.
“So, it satisfy me, gives me joy to see them happy, working hard, going to school, pray, playing and talking about Nigeria, Africa, world even government at all levels. It gives me joy to hear and see them saying that they want to be Doctor, so that they can go back to their various community to help the sick and the wounded.
“Some want to be engineers to be able to contribute to the development of their communities, states and the country; to be a teachers, so that they can go back to their communities to bring education to closer to their people. It gives me a great joy, that God has counted me, all of us including the media and other Nigerians worthy to be vessel through whom He has impacted knowledge and comfort to them”,added.
He said 30 students got admission into various tertiary institutions across the country to study different discipline.
Folunsho while thanking the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for the assistance so far to the camp, however solicited for more.
He appeared to the general public to assist the inmates as cost of education is very high.