Lagos Based Philanthropist Empowers Over 100 Kogi Pupils
When President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2017 declared open the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Retreat On Education Sector, he had decried that the state of education in the country, saying it calls for serious concern.
The president who listed the effects of decades of neglect suffered by the sector as including an estimated 13.2 million children out of school, high illiteracy level, infrastructural deficit and decay as well as unqualified teachers and inadequate instructional materials, also said his administration was determined to turn around the sector for the better and also enjoined well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with his government in ensuring a better educational system for the country’s future leaders.
Determined to contribute his own quota towards the educational advancement of the nation and support the president in his efforts to turn around the sector, Omoba Babatunde Ajibulu, a Lagos State-based business executive, philanthropist and member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) registered hundreds of final year secondary school students of Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi West Senatorial District for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) through his pet project, Babatunde Ajibulu Education Endowment Fund .
Ajibulu, a native of Ekinrin Adde made the gesture through his education endowment, human capital development and rural areas development empowerment programme office.
In his effort to ensure every youth has access to tertiary education in courses of their choices, the philanthropist took a step further by paying the tuition fees for hundreds of less privileged students in his Ijumu Local Government Area as a first step towards an all-inclusive programme that will eventually cover the entire Kogi West senatorial district.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Saliu Kudirat Opeyemi expressed profound gratitude to Ajibulu and prayed that Almighty God continue to strengthen him to do more.
“We are grateful for this kind gesture. It means a whole lot to us and we want to assure Omoba Ajibulu that we will make judicious use of it and we will make him proud” she said.
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