Chief Eric Umeofia, the Chief Executive Officer of Erisco Foods Limited, has fulfilled his promise of gifting the highest scorer in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Kamsiyochukwu Umeh, in cash.
The cheque of N2.5 million was presented to Umeh on the company's premises at Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday.
The 2023 UTME best candidate, who is a student of Deeper Life High School, Mowe, garnered a total score of 360 in the examination.
She scored 99 in Chemistry, 98 in Mathematics, 97 in Physics, and 66 in English.
As promised earlier in July, the CEO also rewarded the school’s administrator, Emmanuel Eze N200,000; the four subject teachers, Onibokun Patricia (English), Joseph Christopher (Maths), Agboola Olawale (Chemistry), Anicho Francisca (Physics) N100,000 each; and two other top students in the exam, Imoukhuede Andrew and Alagwu Maduabuchukwu, N100,000 each.
Umeofia expressed delight in the students' performances and deemed it fit to encourage them.
He also praised the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, for establishing the school, rating that his impact is evident.
“These types of children make me happy. In this country of today, these are the type of children that will take over from us and that is why we are identifying with humanity. By the grace of God, if they keep me informed of their development, we will continue to support.
“I pray to God that they keep to this and their success does not get into their heads. You must not deviate from the good teachings of your parents, school and elders. Don’t allow the negative influence of today to affect you.
"If you do, that means you want to become a nobody. I have seen brilliant students, even first-class graduates, but because their successes got to their heads, they missed track, and they are in the village today with their first-class brains.
“We need this country to change and do well. All these foreigners coming here don’t have two heads. If people like you come up and do the right thing, to change this country is easy. I pray more of you will come up in different parts of Nigeria,” he said.
Eze, the school administrator thanked the CEO for the gesture, noting the school's track record of excellence.
He assured that the school would not relent in producing exceptional students.
Umeh also expressed happiness at the honour and vowed to keep doing her best.
The occasion was witnessed by the parents of the students and some members of the school. staff