TWENTY-ONE indigent varsity students of Lagos State who gained admission on merit list have been awarded a four-year scholarship.
The award given by Jandor Foundation is to assist the less privileged.
Jandor is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that empowers the less-privileged, facilitates community developments, mental capacity building and human development programmes.
Forty students were nominated from the 20 local government areas, out of which 21 students were chosen after screening based on background, financial capacity and mode of university admission.
One of the beneficiaries, Balikis Ajibola of the Department of Agricultural Science, and Lagos State University (LASU), whose mother is a trader, said she would ever be grateful for the privilege to further her education.
“I am so happy that I can study in the university. My mother sells biscuits and it would have been difficult for her to see me through in the university. This is a rare privilege and I would make good use of it. It has also empowered me to assist and I am looking forward to replicating this gesture to the Nigerian youth,” she said.
A special needs student, Mojisola Alabi of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), also thanked the foundation for its gesture.
Some of the beneficiaries who had managed to pay their tuition fees received cheques of the amount they paid.
Chairman of the Foundation, Mr Olajide Adediran said he had a passion to help educate the human resources of the country, thereby reducing social vices and security problems which plaque the country.
Adediran, who grew up in Mushin, explained that getting education was a near impossibility, but was grateful he benefited from it despite the odds.
He said: “I grew up in a community that is defined with all sorts of vices. Not from a buoyant family, but I was able to gain education. Growing up, I can still remember how it was a luxury to even afford a mathset. If I had not received the benefit of education, living in a community that habits all sorts of ills, I wonder where I would be today.
“This has informed my decision to reach out to less privileged to give them the platform to be educated because it is only when the youth are educated that hoodlums would be reduced and we can sleep with our two eyes closed and even our children and generations would benefit from it.”
He advised them to focus on their studies and be good ambassadors of their homes and the foundation.
The Special Assistant to the governor on Community Development Affairs, Quadri Adeniyi, said ideal people turn into societal menace as a result of negligence.
He said if individuals and organisations can invest beyond their own interest, the community would be a safe place to live in.