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NGO encourages indigent students with UTME forms


The Wisdom Ezekiel Cares Foundation has gifted 40 secondary school students the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination forms.

According to a statement by the foundation on Monday, the gesture was part of the foundation’s initiative to promote academic excellence in society.

One of the beneficiaries, Shalom Chukwudi, expressed her excitement, saying she filled out the application form late but was lucky to be chosen.

The foundation also granted an N1.2m grant to 12 Nigerian business owners, who emerged winners during the foundation’s Entrepreneur Empowerment Initiative.

The funds were handed to the start-ups during the Empowerment Summit organised by the Foundation, tagged, ‘Roadmap to success in entrepreneurship’ in Lagos.

The Chairman, WECARE, Mr Wisdom Ezekiel, stated that the shortlisted start-ups were structured and traceable, and it was for those reasons that they were selected.

He said, “The people who got our empowerment fund today were people who we have verified that they are really into business and that the sum of N100,000 can make an impact in their business.

“This is the first edition of the empowerment summit, and we are looking at taking the event to different states across Nigeria. We will host it in Abuja, in Port Harcourt, and with time, we can host it in several cities and countries across Africa.

“But the model will remain the same. We will keep encouraging businesses by giving seed funding that could help them thrive, to the end so that the continent can take its position in the global market.

He added that all those who received the grants would be a part of his mentorship series.

The founder, and lead coach of Bus Public Speaking Academy, Blessing Sunday, expressed her excitement after her start-up was announced as one of the winners of the grant.

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