UTME Highest Scorer, Teachers, Others Get N3.25m Reward

Highest scorer in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, Nkechi Precious Umeh, has allegedly received a cash gift of N2.5m.

Miss Umeh, who scored 360 in the UTME was gifted by the CEO of Erisco Foods Limited, Dr Eric Umeofia.

The student of the Deeper Life High School, Mowe, Ogun State, scored 360 to emerge as the best candidate in the UTME.

Umeh had 99 in Chemistry, 98 in Mathematics, 97 in Physics and 66 in English.

Dr Umeofia also announced various cash rewards to the administrator of the school, Umeh four subject teachers and two other best students of the school.

The school administrator, Pastor Eze Emmanuel, to get N200,000 cash.

Also, the school’s Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and English teachers would get N100,000 each.

Another best student of the school, Andrew Imoukhuede, who scored 355, would get N100,000.

While another student who came third place in the school would also gets N50,000.

Umeofia said the gift was to encourage other students to excel in their studies.

He added, “I am also doing this not because I have a lot, but because my father taught me that giving is the answer to long life and happiness. As this young girl has done well, we want other young ladies to do the same and reduce this country’s problem. The youths are our only hope in this country.

“I am happy that out of the 1.6 million students that sat the examination, she came first. My heart is gladdened. I am particularly happy because she came from Amish town, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Amish town was where the civil war ended, where (former president Olusegun) Obasanjo took the surrender of Biafra; that means we are a peace-loving town. People like me and this girl are projecting our village in good light. If we as parents have suffered to send our kids to school, they have to do something to make us happy.”

He added, “I want to call on others (philanthropists) to do likewise so we can have her type in different areas. Some students are not doing well because they don’t have facilities, some have no supporters, some are hungry. If we encourage them to read, why won’t they excel?”

The philanthropist also appealed to the Federal Government to make good policies that would encourage brilliant students like Umeh to remain in the country to contribute to the economy after their education.

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