The Delta State Government has commended sons and daughters of Ubulu-Uku in the diaspora for their support to the government’s developmental efforts in making life more meaningful to the people of the area.
The government’s commendation came in the wake of successful inauguration and connection to national grid, of a 33kva transformer worth over N10 million for the smooth running of the General Hospital Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state and a scholarship award to indigent undergraduates from the community by the Ubulu Uku USA Association based in the United States of America (USA).
President of the Association, Mr. Mike Eboka, said his group was deeply worried at the sorry state of the hospital which has not been functioning maximally for some time hence the decision of the Ubulu Uku USA to intervene.
He lamented that referrals to the hospital had been on steady decline as the hospital could hardly attend to patients due to incessant blackouts.
Mr. Eboka assured that the provision of the transformer would lessen the burden posed to the management of the hospital and the people of the community who have had to seek medical services far away from their settlement.
Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Patrick Ekeruche, thanked the association for the gesture saying the state government was happy and appreciative of the fact that members of the union, despite being foreign based, was collaborating with the state government.
He said the provision of electricity transformer would help improve the services rendered by the hospital as the prevailing power outage was almost turning the health facility moribund
Dr. Ekeruche urged other Community Associations to emulate the kind gestures of Ubulu Uku USA and explore ways of partnering with the state government to deliver services to the people as government alone could not meet all the developmental needs of the people.
Meanwhile, the Union has also declared Miss Nancy Odinakachukwu from Akpama Quarters in Ogbe part of Ubulu Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, as the winner of this year’s annual Ubulu Uku Union, USA (UUU USA) Incorporation sponsored educational scholarship award.
It announced the undergraduate as the award recipient after the final screening at the last general conference call of the association held recently.
As a recipient of the scholarship, Miss Odinakachukwu will be receiving a sum of N100,000 every year for her undergraduate course, but not exceeding six years depending on the course of study.
Confirming Miss Odinakachukwu as the winner, the UUU USA President, Mr. Eboka said “I am happy to announce the selection of Ms. Nancy Odinakachukwu from Akpama Quarters in Ubulu-Uku as our Scholarship Award recipient with a Major in Nursing at the University of Benin. As directed in our call, I have personally called to congratulate her”.
“We will be presenting her officially with an award certificate and additional funding and eligibility requirements to ensure all criteria are being met for the scholarship award program. We are working to update this scholarship information as well as our successful electrification project at our Government General Hospital on our web site in the next few days”.
“We are also planning to share this information with the various social media’s in our community. On behalf of the UUU USA project team and the entire membership of Ubulu-Uku USA, please help us congratulate Ms. Nancy Odinakachukwu as our scholarship recipient. Her phone number will be provided in due cause for those who may wish to congratulate her directly. More information will be provided during our upcoming Columbus Convention”, Mr Eboka said.
Recall that Ubulu Uku, USA, a non-profit organisation and an umbrella body of Ubulu Uku people residing in the United States of America had in early March this year, offered scholarship awards to two deserving Ubulu Uku students.
The association had, in an official statement jointly signed by their President, Mr. Mike Eboka and Secretary General, Mr. Michael Ejogo stated that the Union will be sponsoring scholarship awards to two deserving students who have duly gained admissions to any Federal or State University in Nigeria for the academic period which will commence September, 2018.
The group stated “the two scholarships awards will be for 4 years for a regular Bachelor’s degree course or 5 to 6 years for a course which requires more than 4 years to obtain a degree”.
The Union said the scholarship scheme was designed to assist underprivileged (low income and first generation) sons & daughters of Ubulu-Uku to continue their educational pursuits in any federal/state university in Nigeria. They however, pointed out that opportunities are only given to families, in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.