Mr Solomon Arase, Inspector General of Police (IGP) has awarded scholarship to six pupils of Police primary school, Lafia, under the Force Education Scholarship scheme.
Mr Lawal Shehu, Commissioner of Police, Nasarawa State, presented the award certificates to the recipient on Monday at the State Command Headquarters in Lafia.
He said that the award was in line with the IGP’s desire to improve the welfare of all police personnel and their families, especially the rank and file, who constitute the bulk of the force.
According to Shehu, the idea of the scholarship is to assist mostly children of deceased officers and to ameliorate the economic plight of their widows in footing the education of the children.
“One of the fears of Police officers in service is what would be the fate of their children when they die, but with the scholarship, that fear would be greatly allayed,” he said.
He explained that all interested candidates were subjected to a written examination, out of which the six pupils were successful.
Shehu pointed out that the scholarship, which would run from September 2015 to 2021, would cover tuition fees, uniforms, books and all other charges.
He charged the recipients to take full advantage of the opportunity to better their future and hopefully reciprocate the gesture to future generation.
Master Augustine Goodluck, a recipient, who spoke on behalf of others, thanked the IGP for the gesture and promised to take their education seriously in order to become good ambassadors.
Similarly, Mrs Mary Izere, the school’s Head-teacher, thanked the IGP and the police authority for finding her pupils worthy of the scholarship.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the recipients include Augustine Goodluck, Joy Francis, Gift Hassan, Esther Bala, Esther Yahaya and John Samuel. (NAN)