Foundation Gives N550,000 Scholarship Grants To 11 Students In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, January 5, 2020

Foundation Gives N550,000 Scholarship Grants To 11 Students In Ogun

From Babalola Gafar, 

Eleven students of Ogun West extraction have have been gifted with  N50,000 each under the scholarship schem of Gbenga Akinwande Foundation.

A total of 52 students applied for the scholarship scheme but only 11 of them met the criteria for the awards, Gbenga Akinwande, promoter of the Foundation, said at the weekend during the 2019/2020  Yewa - Awori Football Tournament tagged: "Yewa Unity Cup."

Akinwande added that more indigenes of Ogun West would benefit from the scheme upon verification status of their as students and clearance by their respective institutions.

He said: "For us, at the Gbenga Akinwande Foundation (GAF) scholarship scheme, out of the fifty-two people that collected the forms, only twenty-three submitted their applications. 

"From the twenty-three that submitted, only thirteen met the criteria of the scholarship awards. Out of the thirteen, only eleven applicants’ academic records have been verified by their respective schools and responded to our telephone interviews. 

"We are still waiting for the few applicants’ clearances from their respective institutions and had also instructed some to produce their academic transcripts against the next batch of our scholarship scheme."
He lamented the decades long neglect of the Ogun West senatorial district by past administrations in the state, saying it would require the establishment of Ogun West Development Commission and Appropriation of N5bn annually to such Commission for infrastructural development in the zone in order for it to catch up with the two others.

He also made case for the proposed Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) to be sited in Ogun West instead of Aneokuta, Ogun Central.

He said: "I also think it is very necessary for either a formal or an informal Ogun West Council of Obas, where there will be flow of ideas between Obas in Yewaland and Aworiland.

" And one of the immediate task before such council is how to engage the Alake of Egbaland and Obas in the Egba Nation on the need to forfeit the proposed Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) to Ogun West. 

"The coordinated leadership of Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland and the Olota of Ota is much needed in this regards. 

"There is no doubt that Ogun West needs help in the areas of infrastructure development and shortfalls in political appointments, but we really need to engage our Egbas and Ijebu brothers and sisters by calling for help and consideration in resources and position sharing in Ogun State; including civil service employment."

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