Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has on Wednesday unveiled a scholarship program for the best secondary school students in southwest.
The project which was tagged:’Ojaja Educational Initiative’ was to offer N50million worth of scholarship to 20 successful students across southwest states of the country.
The Project Director of the Initiatives, Mr. Olojede Ayobami while briefing journalists in Ile-Ife, said that the scholarship program is pivotal to the Initiative.
Ayobami said ” All programs from this initiative are designed to ensure that learning at all levels increases and also to ensure that education reaches all the children who are in need of it or unable to access it. The youths will be opportune to be well trained for various job opportunities.
“The program is to assist the less privileged citizens of the Southwest to reach their academic goals which will go a long way to serve as a means of promoting unity and good relationship amongst secondary school students and south west people.”
Ayobami explained that the entry of the scholarship competition, is proposed to be held in three phrases which are; online qualifications across the six southwest states of Nigeria , physical qualification will be held in each south west state where the qualified students will meet for the final to produce the scholarship winners.
Meanwhile, part of the cardinal itinerary of the program was to consistently train students and teachers in the southwest; provision of professional counseling support for students in secondary schools; vocational training and organizing of second chance program for dropout.
Ooni Adeyeye spoke on the backdrop of the Initiative said “We have a lot to do in Nigeria to come out with initiative and give hope to the hopeless on education”.
“There are some people out there that God had blessed them so well with intellect and wisdom but they don’t have the resources, so emotionally and physiologically they are disturbed so if we lose those kind of people it going to affect us, and that is the brain behind Ojaja Educational Initiative”.
By Saheed Adeyemi,Osogbo.