WARRI – Former Grand Officer Commanding, GOC, Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, a High Chief Government Ekpemupolo a.k.a Tompolo has bagged double awards from some students of the Niger Delta region for his educational support programs.
The students presented the awards to Tompolo in Warri yesterday through Comrade Paul Bebenimibo, his Media Consultant.
The students under the aegis of Law Students Association of Nigeria, Delta State University Chapter and National Association of Gbaramatu Students said Tompolo through his foundation has given a lifeline to students to pursue their dreams.
Comrade Paul Enemiku, LAWSAN President said, that but for Tompolo, the unrest in the Niger Delta would have escalated beyond curtailing as he sponsored many youths to various universities across the world.
He called on well meaning Nigerians to follow Tompolo’s example and lay down foundations for educational support.
Enemiku avvered that with education, issues of youths restiveness will not arise and this Tompolo has achieved.
On his part, Comrade Freeborn Abraiye, President NAGS said that Tompolo Foundation apart from giving free health care has seen the education of several thousands students across various universities.
Abraiye thanked Tompolo for further providing postgraduates scholarship scheme which will see about ten students going to UK in January.
His word, “Tompolo is God sent, he saved lives through provision of health care. He made lives through scholarship for students to study freely.
“This man should be supported and not be vilified, EFCC should withdraw their frivolous political witch hunt against him.
“Despite his travails, he never give up sponsoring students. The peace we enjoy today is made possible because of him. We appeal to Buhari to urgently settle this issue.”
Receiving the awards, Bebenimibo promised that Tompolo is determined and encouraged by the awards to do more.
“Words are inadequate to express our gratitude. This will spur us to do more greater works. Tompolo is living his life for his people. He dedicated his life for the improvement of the lives of his people.
“He established the foundation for the well being of mankind and he will never be deterred due to political witch hunt.
“Tompolo will do more for the students and his people, he will not rest until development come to the region.” Bebenimibo stated.