Greater Hope Foundation, an NGO based in Nasarawa State, has offered scholarship to 50 indigent students of the state studying at College of Peace and Reconciliation Studies in Jos, Plateau State.

Chief Bala Joshua, the Founder of the NGO, made this known on Friday while presenting the scholarship letters to the beneficiaries in Lafia.

According to him, the essence of the scholarship is to reduce the burden of school fees on the recipient parents.

Joshua, who is the Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Nasarawa State command, said the gesture was part of his commitment to contribute to the development of the education sector in the country.

According to him, education is the best legacy parents, stakeholders and governments should leave for its citizenry, hence the need for the scholarship.

“As no society will achieve meaningful progress and development without sound education.

“It has been my desire to always see that I lift up some individuals to become better members of the society.

“It is not by coincidence neither it is by accident, this has been a well designed package programme. I have it in mind that I must also give back to the society what God has given to me.

“This is one of the ways that I can touch the lives of the people, especially the less privileged ones in the society.

“My target is the youths, especially the orphans and the officers and men of the Peace Corps of Nigeria who are also included in the scholarship.

“Because Peace Corps made me to be where I am today and as such I want to lift some of the officers too, to a greater level so as to give them a sense of belonging in the society,’’ he said.

Joshua called on the beneficiaries to take their studies with all seriousness in order to excel in their academic pursuits and to contribute their quota to the development of the society.

The founder of the NGO restated his commitment to continue to key into positive policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Earlier, Mr Adams Makka-Nangba, Dr Joseph Mareen, District Head of Wakama in Nasarawa State, and the Director, College of Peace and Reconciliation Studies, respectively, commended the NGO for the gesture.

They urged the beneficiaries to be hard working in order to justify the NGO’s investment on their education.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Philip Abu, thanked foundation for the scholarship and promised that they would not disappoint.