A Central Nigerian cultural group, Ngas Development Association says it will this Saturday launch an "Education Endowment Fund" to assist poor students of Ngas origin.

The fund will specifically provide scholarship to students "whose future would be stopped if there is no one to help them with tuition fees," President of the Association, Mr. Gonen Gofwen said, Monday.

Addressing journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, Mr. Gofwen said the project aims to restore academic excellence in Ngas native land.

He said, "It is on record that several of our sons and daughters were educated to various levels and returned to be pioneers in the State.

"As an Association committed to the future of our people, we cannot just seat and watch as things deteriorate to a position that we cannot revert."

The launch according to him is in line with the theme for the 2019 edition of the Ngas annual cultural festival: "Educational Transformation in Ngasland: Imperative for Accelerated Development."

The festival locally called Pusdung holds same Saturday at Nefur Arena, Pankshin, 120kms Southeast of Jos.