Hon. Niyi Adeagbo, the Executive Chairman of Itesiwaju Local Government of Oyo State, has given out bursary forms to indigenous indigent students of tertiary institutions across the country.
Speaking on Monday at the Council secretariat headquarters, Otu town, during the presentation of the forms to the national executive council of Federation of Itesiwaju Local Government Students’ Union (FILGSU), the chairman disclosed that the scheme is designed for only undergraduate students of all recognised tertiary institutions who are bonafide indigenes of the council area.
“Education is a veritable tool for the social, economic and political development of the nation. That is why our government is committed to the improvement in the quality of education and reduction of students’ financial burden to the barest minimum. Today, we are giving out 1000 forms for free and it is the first phase of our bursary scheme. We are reactivating the scheme after years of stoppage. The past government only paid N5000 to each student but our administration is effecting 100% increment, which means a beneficiary is expected to get N10,000 at the end of the application process” said Adeagbo.
On the criteria for the submission of the application forms, the council boss disclosed that an applicant must be an undergraduate and attach photocopy of certificate of Itesiwaju local government origin. He urged the FILGSU leadership to ensure even distribution of the forms across the seven major towns of the council area irrespective of religious and political affiliations. Adeagbo directed all interested students to reach out to the national executive council of FILGSU for the collection of their eligibility forms.
The chairman while emphasising that nepotism would not show face in the screening process, urged all students and youths of voting age to register and collect their permanent voter cards (PVC) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The national president of FILGSU, Com. Mustapha Yusuff, who spoke on behalf of students of Itesiwaju LGA origin, thanked Governor Abiola Ajimobi for supporting a masses-oriented leader in person of Hon. Niyi Adeagbo to emerge as the executive chairman of the council.
“Also, we sincerely commend Hon. Adeagbo-led administration for not only reactivated bursary scheme but also reviewed the allowance upward by 100%. We are grateful for the bursary; it came at a time when we are in need of governmental supports in the face of economic hardships” President Mustapha said.
Present during the presentation of the forms were the immediate past secretary to the council, Hon. Ibrahim Taofeek Barrywhite, Hon. Taofeek Ajarat and other national executive members of the student body.