Osaseyi Foundation on Wednesday granted scholarships to 66 students drawn from 22 public schools in Ijumu local government area of Kogi state.
Speaking at presentation ceremony in Iyara on Wednesday, the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mr. Richard Osaseyi explained that the scholarship package included payments of award recipient’s school fees for the three terms in the current academic session, West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) registration fee.
The 66 students were also provided with school stationaries.
The philanthropist said the foundation decided to invest in the educational development of students who have great potentials to secure the future of their community.
Mr. Osaseyi said his motivations were founded on his desire to raise leaders who would become successful in their respective professions and would also in the nearest years replicate the same gesture.
He recalled that he was once in the shoes of some of these students as a former student in one of the beneficiary schools stating that he believed with the little support the students would be assisted and mentored to various professional career paths.
He presented cash gifts of N30,000 to 44 selected teachers for their remarkable sacrifices of impacting knowledge to the young ones.
Mr. Richard Osaseyi noted that no amount of financial reward could compensate for their work on earth.
The foundation also gifted the sum of 100,000 naira each to two outstanding students.
In his address at the event, the Olujumu of Ijumu Kingdom, HRH, Oba William Olusegun Ayeni, noted that Osaseyi Foundation is already a household name in the area because of his pasionate investment in developing people.
The monarch commended Mr. Richard Osaseyi and his team for the their immense contributions to educational development of Ijumu land.
He urged the award recipients to brace up and work harder to become successful and make their families and communities proud.
The chairman All Nigeria’s Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Ijumu, Mr. J. A. Abayomi described the foundation’s gesture to the student as wonderful and would go a long way to ameliorate the sufferings of some members of the community who could not afford such expenses.
He said that since the beginning of the program some times last year, the foundation has continued to expand the numbers of beneficiaries even as far as other local government area in the state.
While urging other leaders and well meaning Individuals to emulate Osaseyi gestures he noted that the program which it’s odour was perceived some years back God has used Osaseyi Foundation to bring this to reality.