At the maiden scholarship draw of the foundation in Abuja on Monday, the General Manager of the lottery, Mr Olusegun Karrim, said the scholarship was a way to encourage Nigerians who desires to fund their education.
Karrim noted that the project, which was initiated by Mr Jacob Momoh, was instituted on October 1, 2018 as a social intervention programme to help solve the problems of inadequate education funding for people.
”Through this intervention, we have rescued so many Nigerians who are on the street but needs to be in school.
”Majority of people we picked on the streets have now been put into schools to complete their education.
”The project is a social intervention to ensure we bring to the conciousness of Nigerians that education is something that must be given to as many that desire it,” he said.
Also, Mr Ekaette Nsikan, Head of Operations of the Lottery, said the organisation was keeping with the expectations of the government through collaboration with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) to provide relief for Nigerians through education scholarship.
Nsikan said the scholarship draw had provided opportunity for Nigerians to win project or school fee money, saying that project money was for any coursework project that the winner might be involved in.
He said for the project money, players could win N100,000 with as little as N100 while for the school fee scholarship, players could win a total of N200,000 with N200 or N700,000 with N700.
“We make bold to say that SchoolMe Scholarship is the first of the kind in Nigeria; an innovative approach leveraging on the potential of the lottery industry, and utilising same positively in promoting education and social economic development of the country.
”Our principal objective is to promote education especially at the tertiary level.
”We have kept faith and our word in paying out pocket money to thousands of Nigerians, including students and non students; thereby directly and indirectly addressing the pecuniary and educational needs of the people.
“We provide existing students in tertiary institutions of learning as well as prospective students seeking admission through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) the opportunity to win cash which they can channel toward their educational funding.”
Nsikan, however, said that parents and guardians could equally participate in the draws on behalf of their children and wards as well as organisations that support the foundation missions.
He said that since the inception of the project, the foundation had paid over 1,000 winners for its daily cash category.
Meanwhile, Mr Peter Asapokhai, a representative from the NLRC said the project had undergone regulatory process while thorough supervision were being done to ensure transparency in the draw process.
Happiness Felix, Emmanuel Mercy and Rosemary Ezeh were awarded a cheque prize of N100,000 each while Yusuf Sanni won N200,000 and Emmanuel Earnest went home with N700,000.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria , Felix said she was grateful to God for the award, saying she would use the money to support the education of her child.
Ernest, a trader from Kaduna state, said the money would be used for the education of his two children.