Dr. Eric Umeofia, the Chief Executive Officer and President of Erisco Foods Limited, has announced a monetary gift of N2.5 million to Kamsiyochukwu Umeh, the top student in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Umeh, an Ogun State resident and student at Deeper Life High School in Mowe, won the UTME with a score of 360. In chemistry, math, and physics, she received perfect scores of 99, 98, 97, and 66, respectively.
Umeofia expressed his admiration for the student’s interview with Saturday Punch on July 1, 2023, in a phone conversation with our correspondent on Friday.
The billionaire also revealed a number of monetary incentives for the school’s administrator, its four subject teachers, and two additional outstanding students.
Pastor Eze Emmanuel, the school’s administrator, would receive N200,000; nevertheless, the school’s chemistry, math, physics, and English professors would each receive N100,000.
Andrew Imoukhuede, a different kid from the institution, received N100,000 for his score of 355, while the third-place finisher received N50,000.
Umeofia explained that the act was done to inspire other students to achieve academic success.
He continued, “I’m also doing this because my father taught me that giving is the key to a long life and happiness, not because I have a lot. We want other young women to succeed in the same way that this young girl has in order to lessen the issue in this nation. The youth are the only ones who can save this nation.
“I’m pleased that she placed first out of the 1.6 million pupils that took the exam. My spirit is joyful. She is from Amichi Town in the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, so that makes me especially delighted. We are a peaceful community since the Amichi community was the site of the conclusion of the civil war and the place where (previous president Olusegun) Obasanjo accepted Biafra’s surrender. I and this daughter are presenting a positive image of our village. They must take action to make us happy if we have struggled as parents to send them to school.
The businessman said he has given out over N500 million in grants to people with business ideas and added that his action is to boost the economy. It is stated that the industrialist supports over 100 students on scholarships through his foundation.
Umeofia was pleased to hear that Umeh intended to major in chemical engineering since he promised to support her as long as she continued to receive top grades.
“I want to encourage others (philanthropists) to follow suit so we can have her type in different areas,” he continued. Due to a lack of resources, some kids are struggling. Some people have no backers. Others are famished. Why won’t they succeed if we help them read?
He also urged the Federal Government to adopt sensible policies that would motivate exceptional students like Umeh to stay in the nation once they complete their education and contribute to the economy.