Rotary group awards scholarship to 22
The Federal Government has been advised to take a critical look at the country’s education policy, address the issue of facilities that are lacking in various institutions and suitably adjust the schools curriculum with a view to making graduating students fit for employment.
Chairman, District Educational and Welfare Endowment Fund (DEWEF) of the Rotary International, District 9110 (comprising Lagos and Ogun states), and Past District Governor, Adeniji Raji gave the advise during the award of scholarship to nine indigent students of Lagos and Ogun states. At the occasion, 13 existing beneficiaries’ awards were also renewed.
Raji, who lamented that many graduate engineers were without required skills upon employment, advised the Federal Government to bring back Higher School Certificate (HSC), which he said would adequately prepare students for university education.
“Many of those who pass through matriculation examinations organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have been found not to be doing well because they did their examinations where they call “miracle centres,” where people corruptly answer questions for them, jeopardising the virtue of honesty.
Raji promised that similar gesture would be extended to students in polytechnics and colleges of education next year.
“Past District Governor, Adekunle Kukoyi established the endowment fund in 1992, but the first set of beneficiaries got the award in 2009 and we have been consistent since then. Beneficiaries must be brilliant, but indigent students in 200 level, sponsored by one of the clubs in the district and his/her 100 Level result authenticated by the Head of Department of his/her school and of course, the student would have to undergo an interview session with us,” Raji stated.
“We have the highest number of beneficiaries this year” he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, Otunba Bola Onabadejo, said that Rotary International has remained the only organisation that awards the greatest number of scholarship in different categories all over the world.
He hinged the inability of the government to give education to Nigerians at all levels on corruption,” saying, “A lot of our money is going down the drains.
One of the beneficiaries, Agbaje Ahmed Ayobami, a 200 Level medical student of University of Lagos, said the scholarship has been a great help to his education.
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