The Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Abdullahi Candido, on Wednesday, gave scholarship worth N21.3 million to 806 students in the council area.

While giving the scholarship to each of the beneficiaries at the council secretariat, the chairman said it was for the 2019 scholarship award for tertiary institution students, both indigenes and non-indigenes of AMAC.

“This scholarship is part of my administration’s efforts to support and encourage education and the students, being the future leaders of this country.

“It is important for students to be given necessary support so that they can reach their full potentials in life. That is one of the reasons this administration is complementing their parents’ efforts with this scholarship,” he said.

Mr Candido, who charged the recipients to be good ambassadors of the council, said that the selection of successful candidates was done on merit.

He said that the scholarship committee also considered non-indigenes residing within the council as beneficiaries.

Earlier, Dr Sheriff Aminu, Head of Education Department, AMAC, noted that eligible students were selected across the 12 wards of the council, while application forms were given free of charge.

“Thirty Master students were given N50,000 each, 430 undergraduate students received N30,000 each, while 346 College of Education, NCE, students and others in the same category were given N20,000 each,” he explained.

In his remark, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, President, Abuja Indigenous Students’ Association (AISA) appreciated the chairman for his kind gesture.

He promised that the students, on their part, would continue to remain good ambassadors of the council anywhere they found themselves.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Ibrahim Noma, an NCE student from Karshi ward, said that he was excited for being among the successful candidates.

He added that the scholarship would go a long way in helping his academic pursuit and complement whatever his aged parents were able to provide for him.