Akoko: 1000 Students Enjoy BTO’s N50m Bursary Grant

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… Promises More Intervention In The Education Sector

No fewer than 1,000 students in Akoko North East/Akoko North West Federal Constituency have benefited from the bursary scheme worth 50 million initiated by the member representing the constituency, Rep. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.

This was revealed at the bursary disbursement ceremony held on Friday at Akamo hall in Ugbe Akoko.

The lawmaker, who was represented by his aide, Thalis Apalowo at the event promised to do more for the betterment of the education sector in the constituency.

According to him, “Today, we are gathered here for the disbursement of the BTO Bursary Scheme, the first of its kind in the history of Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency

“The amount of the bursary is fifty thousand Naira (N50,000) to support bright and needy students pursuing their studies in Universities, Polytechnics, and Monotecnics to access quality education.

“I put a high premium on education, with special attention to encourage bright students from poor and vulnerable families have a chance to pursue their dream careers.

“Since elected in 2019, I have invested heavily in the education sector through facilitation of classroom blocks, two thousand free UTME forms, facilitation of ICT, and skill acquisition centres and many others.

“Our intervention is not only in the education sector but also in other sectors like health, infrastructure, human capital development, and water, among others.

“This year, 547 university students, 336 polytechnic students, and 117 monotecnic students benefited from this scheme. None of the communities in the Federal Constituency were denied and the selection process was open to all stakeholders across the board. Transparency and accountability is our trademark and this has been sustained in all our programs.

“I wish to take this opportunity to urge the beneficiaries of this scheme to make prudent use of the funds and to ensure the scheme serves its primary purpose of reducing the burden of education of parents in the federal constituency.

“Lastly, let me congratulate the beneficiaries of the first edition of this scheme once again. As we are about to start the new mandate given to us by our people, we assure you, the students, that we have more programs to support your education. This is just a flash of what our students will benefit.

“It is now my pleasure to declare the first edition of this Bursary Scheme in the amount of fifty million Naira (N50,000,000) officially launched.”

The students, who presented a gift to the lawmaker for his continuous support for education, also reiterated their support for him.

The chairman of the event, Professor Francis Gbore, also urged leaders to emulate the style of Rep. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.

Gbore, who is the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, also advised the students to ensure the grant is used for the purpose it was initiated.

“This is the first time in the history of Ondo state that an elected official will be doing a project as huge as this for students.

“This means a lot and other leaders should emulate Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo. If we have leaders doing more in these area, our education sector will experience deep growth.”

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