From Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
An applicant, Promise Chigozie Hillary, has expressed his frustration at being unable to raise much needed funds for his education at the Nigerian Collage of Aviation Technology, Zaria.
Hillary, the son of a commercial cyclist operator said it was frustrating for him to see his dream of studying Aircraft Maintenance Engineering evaporate as a result of lack of funds, adding that the situation may force him into crimes like kidnapping and atmed robbery.
Hillary, who hails from Amaukwu-Orodu in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State has been offered admission by Nigerian Collage of Aviation Technology on 7th of June 2013 and has two months left to mobilize N2, 50400,00 (two million, five hundred and four thousand naira) to be able to start the programme.
Desperate Hilary, who had been missing for the past one month from his family house said: “My family has not set eyes on me because I have decided to search the money far from home. I have knocked on many doors and gates to see if someone could help me.
“But I have discovered that no one is ready to help. It is very difficult and painful before the poor could achieve their dream in this life. My dream is to study Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Nigerian Collage of Aviation Technology.”
He noted that some of his mates in the Niger Delta region who have stained their hands with human blood have been given attention and the added privilege of scholarship.
He wondered why he should be crying for help as a non-violent youth, who wants to make himself useful by pursuing education.
He said: “if all efforts to get this money fail, I may be forced to join kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal businesses to make it in life. I have got the admission and I need N2, 50400, 00 for the two and half year course at lease N1, 500, 000, 00 course fees to begin my study.
“I don’t want to be a threat to the society, I know I will be worst than militants and Boko Haram if my admission is lost due to lack of fund but I will be better than any expert in aviation industry if my dream is achieved.
“I am calling on the Federal government to extend the same grace to me like they did to Niger Delta militants and Boko Haram. They should help me, I am confused,” he said.