189 Candidates Get OBA Second Phase Scholarship Award

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A release on the Senator Bassey Albert’s official Facebook page has indicated that 189 students qualified for the second phase of the Senator’s scholarship.

Following the written qualifying examinations which took place on Saturday, May 11, at the Aka Community Secondary School, Aka Offot, the results were marked and announced at the exam venue before the glare of the candidates.  

According to statistics gathered from the scholarship management team, a total of 1,449 candidates from various institutions of higher learning drawn across the 31 Local Government Areas of the State, applied for the scholarship.

A cross-section of the candidates during the examinations

A breakdown of the statistics shows that 28 applicants were of Abak origin, 1 from Eastern Obolo, 36 from Eket, 9 from Esit-Eket, 36 from Essien Udim, 17 from Etim Ekpo, 90 from Etinan, 7 from Ibeno, 77 from Ibesikpo Asutan, 263 from Ibiono, 16 from Ika, 46 from Ikono, 28 from Ikot Abasi, 27 from Ikot Ekpene, 26 from Ini, 93 from Itu, 17 from Mbo, 40 from Mkpat Enin, 39 from Nsit Atai, 97 from Nsit Ibom, 56 from Nsit Ubium, 21 from Obot Akara, 33 from Okobo, 19 from Onna, 7 from Oron, 33 from Oruk Anam, 9 from Udung Uko, 23 from Ukanafun, 68 from Uruan, 18 from Urueffong/Oruko and 163 from Uyo.

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From the number registered, 315 of the candidates were in their first year in School, 426 of them were sophomores, 404 others were in their third year, 254 in their fourth year, while 47 of them were in their fifth year.

Also, 925 of the 1,449 registered candidates were males, while 524 of them were females.

However, some of the candidates who had to write some departmental tests from the University of Uyo, University of Calabar and others, on the same day and time, could not make it to the venue. Others who doubted the reality of the scheme were also absent thus, bringing the number of those who wrote the scholarship exams to 1, 100.

Following the exams, the candidates were asked to wait for their results, while the scripts were gathered and marked at the same venue.

During the wait, Platinum.ng, gathered from a candidate who gave his name as David Essien that “the exams were tough. I wasn’t expecting maths but it was everywhere”, he lamented.

Another candidate who didn’t want his name mentioned said: “If I had known the exams would be like this, I wouldn’t have bothered coming. I’m so sure I didn’t score up to 5”, he said”.

Another candidate, Ubong had this to say: “Well, for me, the exams was not too difficult, only that we don’t seem to be current with the trend of things in our country. Much of the questions asked were current affairs which many of us do not know. But I hope to pass sha, and if I don’t, I won’t kill myself because I know I tried my best.”

However, Comfort Moses had this to say: “The exams no be Beans o! it was really tough! Imagine asking about the present Persian country, Nigeria’s first World Cup and so on. Who that one help? But it’s well sha”

Mfonobong Akpan who was visibly shaken by the exams kept mute when asked of her perception. “Let me drink coke first”, she said tiredly.

Soon after 30 minutes, the results were announced and 189 candidates scaled through.

The first criteria for selection, according to the scholarship management team was the selection of the best 20 candidates across the 31 Local Government Areas of the State.

The second criteria for selection was the even distribution of the candidates based on the number strength per local government area. So, Local Governments with more than 100 candidates, had 10% selected, while those with less than 100 candidates had 20% selected.

The third criteria are for physically challenged candidates who applied for the scheme, irrespective of their Local Government of origin. They were exempted from the examination and automatically shortlisted as beneficiaries. This is in line with Senator OBA’s policy of encouraging persons living with disabilities to contribute positively towards development of the society.

“In summary, 20 of the beneficiaries were selected based on the first criterion, 165 based on the second criterion, while 4 physically challenged persons were selected based on the third criterion.

A comprehensive list of beneficiaries can be accessed through www.senatoroba.org

Other candidates can also verify their scores on the website from Tuesday 14th May, 2019”, the release reads.

The candidates were all treated to a sumptuous snack-pack and given transport fares back to their respective homes.

Priscilla Christopher

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