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Foundation Gives N2m Scholarships To Indigent Students

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom and Omowunmi Anipupo


The Gani Fawehinmi Foundation Annual Scholarship Awards for Undergraduate on Thursday, September 17, 2015 awarded scholarships to indigent students from Yobe, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Kwara, Delta, Benue, Imo, and Ondo States in the 2015 Gani edition of the Scholarship Awards.

The recipients include Miss Adeshina Oluwatosin Omolola, an indigene of Ogun State, who is studying History at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife; Osun State, Abdulkarim Isa, a Yobe indigene studying Economics at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna Stat, Eze Loveth Chinaza from Enugu State, studying Philosophy at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Akwa, Anambra State and Akinola Ademola Oluseye from Ondo State, studying Medicine & Surgery at the University of Ibadan. 

Speaking with Daily Independent, Miss Adeshina Oluwatosin Omolola thanked the late Gani Fawehinmi for instituting the annual awards to assist indigent, but brilliant students in Nigeria.

Also, Abdulkarim Isa, who is studying Economics at the Ahmadu Bello University said that he was overwhelmed having scaled through the rigorous selection process and express his gratitude to Allah and members of the awards committee. 

The presentation of the awards which held at the Nigerian Law Publications House, located at Otunba Jobi-Feke Way, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos was also a time for human rights activists, civil society organisations,  members of the academic community, students and others to share their views on how the country had fared in the last 55 years.

Speaking, Barrister Mohammed Fawehinmi, head of the Fawehinmi dynasty, who decried the state of the country and the prevalent rate of corruption, said that were his late father to be alive, that he would have supported the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari. He however added that Gani Fawehimmi would have also tackled “Buhari for adopting a go-slow method in the appointment of ministers to serve in his cabinets.”

In his remarks, Prof Abubakar Momoh, a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Lagos State University, (LASU), who was the Guest Speaker, berated successive governments in the country for what he called the monumental rot in the education and other sectors.

Momoh said that records from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO), showed that 10.5million Nigerian children dropped out of school in the last ten years.

He blamed past government for relegating the education sector to the back burner. He said that the nonchalant attitude of the government to the educational sector had resulted in the emergence of private universities, who he said ran cash-and-carry degree and other programmes.

Commending Gani Fawehinmi for the scholarship legacy he left behind, Momoh blasted wealthy Nigerians, who he said would rather spend their money on things that have no lasting values than invest in the education of poor, needy, but bright students in Nigeria.

On her part, Professor Ngozi Osarenren of the Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, called on the 20 lucky students, who were each issued with a N100, 000 cheque and a certificate by the Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship Awards Board to consider themselves as having received an uncommon favour from God.

She called on the students, drawn from various tertiary institutions across the country to ensure that they key into the ideals that Fawehinmi lived and fought for until his dead.

Dr Dipo Fashina, Chairman of Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship Awards Board, in his address called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wage his anti-corruption war from all fronts, without fear or favour, otherwise critical persons and groups could regard the president as going a jamboree.

On education, Fashina insisted that when Fawehinmi was alive, he fought to ensure that education is aright that must be exercised by all Nigerians and must therefore be available to Nigerians from primary, through secondary to the tertiary levels.