Fayemi’s Aide Launches Scholarship Scheme for Indigent Tertiary Students in Ekiti
As part of his philanthropic gestures and humanitarian magnanimity to give back to his people, the Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Youth Mobilization, South Senatorial District, Mr. Olalekan Ijidale has offered to pay the school fees of two indigent and indigenous students from each of the four major Tertiary Institutions in the state from second to final year.
The Institutions are: Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti and Bamidele Olumilua University of Education and Technology, Ikere Ekiti.
Mr. Ijidale who made this known during a courtesy visit to the Rector of The Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti stated that having realized the plight of the downtrodden, he felt the need to give back to the society by encouraging students in actualizing their dreams.
He submitted that his humanitarian initiative was planned to cut across all Tertiary Institutions in Ekiti State including students of the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti who also stands to benefit from the initiative.
In focus, according to him, students who are physically challenged and financially handicapped will be assisted with scholarship with preference given to ND II and HND II students.
Mr. Ijidale however urged authorities of Institutions to properly monitor assisted students by way of evaluating their academic performance as this would encourage them to do more, for those who are brilliant, but are indigent and financially challenged to conclude their studies.
Speaking during the visit, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability Matters, Mr. Tunde Ogunrinde, commended Hon. Ijidale for the initiative which he said would serve as succor to the would-be beneficiaries and their parents. He called on other well-meaning personalities in the state to take a cue from Hon. Ijidale.
Responding, Rector of The Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye commended the good gesture of Mr. Ijidale for deeming it fit to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged students.
While appreciating Hon Ijidale and his likes, the Rector bemoaned the arbitrary neglect of the Institution by succeeding State government in terms of assisting with infrastructures. He submitted that all academic institutions operating in the State should be remembered in the distribution of social and infrastructural amenities.
The Rector who was represented by the Deputy Rector Academics, Mr. Olusegun Dada advocated that students who are not physically challenged but financially handicapped should also be considered as part of the humanitarian services to be rendered by Hon Ijidale.
He also advised the Governor Fayemi’s aide to open an Endowment Fund Account in his name to facilitate his initiative with a view to achieving the purpose it is originally meant for. He assured that his good gesture will be publicized during matriculation and convocation ceremonies.
In her vote of thanks, the Registrar, Mrs. Kehinde Ekanem who was represented by the Director, Academic Affairs, Mrs. Folasade Akintola appreciated Mr. Ijidale for the act of benevolence and show of love extended to the Polytechnic, describing him as a very thoughtful and considerate person.
She however appealed to him to help plead with the state government to ameliorate the road leading to the Polytechnic, which she noted, has been in a dilapidated state.
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