The Vice-Chancellor of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Rivers State, Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, has rewarded a 100-level undergraduate of the institution, Ami Ugochukwu, with four-year comprehensive scholarship, N200,000 upkeep allowance and an award of excellence for his honesty and good conduct.
Information gathered revealed that the student was honoured by the institution for returning the lost phone of a lecturer at a restaurant on the campus without requesting anything.
The lecturer who happens to be the Director, Ideas, Creativity and Innovation, Dr Patience Spenser, thereafter introduced Ugochukwu to the Vice-Chancellor who decided to reward him for his honesty.
The Vice-Chancellor while handing over the prizes to the 19-year-old student said he was rewarded to encourage other students.
Ndimele said, “We want to pass a message to the public, especially our students, that it pays to be of good conduct; there is always a reward for hard work, integrity and sincerity; we just want to set an example and show them that if they behave well, they will be rewarded.”
“We are here for our students; we love them and we’ll reward those who behave well. Today, we rewarded a student, who found a mobile phone and returned it to the owner even though he had no phone himself.”
“We rewarded the student with a four-year comprehensive scholarship to look after his fees and other levies; a small amount of money for his upkeep, while he continues his schooling here; we also gave him a certificate of honour so that wherever he goes in the world, he can showcase himself as the best-behaved student for the year 2019/2020.”
Ugochukwu appreciated the university management for the honour bestowed on him and advised his fellow students to always behave well.
He stated, “Sometime last year when I went to the Home Economics restaurant to get something to eat before I got into the building I saw a phone ringing and no one was around to pick it, so I took the phone and tried to pick the call, but before I could do that, the call ended and the phone was locked, making it impossible for me to call back.”
“Not too long after, a call came through again and I picked it up; it was a man’s voice at the other end and I told the man to come to the shopping complex and collect the phone, and when he came with a woman, I gave him the phone and left.”