“It would be nice if the Government can make education totally free, provide the necessary school/learning materials and organize skill acquisition programs for students”.
These were the words of Mister Utobo Elijah, Concerned Parents, and Educators (CPE) Scholarship Scheme first beneficiary, in an interview session with All About SchoolsNG. Without further ado, let’s see what this smart, interesting 16year old had to say.
Can you introduce yourself?
I am Utobo Elijah, a 16-year-old boy who hails from Ebonyi state in the Eastern part of Nigeria. The first child of Mr.and Mrs. Lazarus Utobo.
What is your dream?
I see myself becoming a neurosurgeon that is known internationally by everyone just like Ben Carson.
Heard that you became the principal for a day in school; can you tell us about this?
Ok, it started with the interclass debate competition. We have 30 classes in my school and every class was to bring a representative. I was chosen to represent my class. I scaled through to the next stage which was the quiz competition and after the quiz came the spelling bee contest. The spelling bee contest was the final stage which I emerged top. As part of my reward, I was to become the principal for a day. It was fun being the principal of my school, I had to carry out all the duties of the principal; meet with the teachers, conduct the assembly and lots more. I was nervous at first, but when I got started, it felt really good. It was a great experience for me and I was very happy I won.
So what are your hopes and dreams for Nigeria?
I hope Nigeria will one day become a country that is respected by everybody in the world . A country that people will not run away from because the citizens of Nigeria are running away from the country because of the economy.
As my contribution to my country, I also plan on organizing a skill acquisition program for young people because we are no longer in the era that people will want to look for white collar jobs. I want to empower the youths to be able to want to do something on their own to help boost the economy of the country.
What advice would you like to give the government on helping indigenes or the less privileged that want an education but don’t have the means?
[tweetableI will advise the government to make education free and also assist the students that can’t get their school materials[/tweetable]. I am a strong advocate of skill acquisition programs for students so I would like the government to start that now. One is never too young to acquire a skill . This would also help reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
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