How OOU VC saved hundreds of indigent students

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Abdulqudus Ogundapo

“I really appreciate the fact that I was among those who qualified for the indigent scholarship. Because I have no other means to pay my school fees. I have the dream to push forward  tenaciously but lack of financial capacity is putting a threat to the journey.

“I sincerely appreciate the Vice chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye for the scholarship opportunity given to me and my fellow colleagues. Indeed, he helped us fixed our broken dreams”.

The above statement was made by Onabanjo Abel, a 400-level student of Performing Art at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye who was lucky to be part of the beneficiaries of a scholarship programme organised by the institution.

Over the years, many students have been reported dropped out from higher institutions due to lack of financial capacity to continue funding their education.

In Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, helping the indigent students to attain success in their academic pursuit has been a welcome development in the institution.

Over 200 indigent students of the institution benefitted from a scholarship programme sponsored by the institution Vice Chancellor, Professor Ganiyu Olatunji Olatunde.

The most interesting story about the scholarship programme was that both indigenes and non-indigenes of Ogun State benefited from the scholarship programme in as much the studentship is certified by the institution.

Professor Olatunde assumed the office of acting Vice Chancellor of the University in May 2017, since then he has been achieving different landmark projects.

Between three years, he repositioned the education system of the varsity and created enabling environment for students of the institution.

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It will interest you to know that his  administration constructed the largest Tertiary Institution ICT Center in Africa which will be among the projects to be commissioned during the forthcoming 28th and 29th  Convocation Ceremony for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic session.

Other projects were; Completion of the varsity Senate Building, on going construction of the new buildings in  Faculty of Social Science, Science, College of Agriculture Sciences, Six studio complex at college of Engineering, Ibogun campus, Department of Anatomy morbid Anatomy complex, Construction of Animal house in Sagamu campus, Purchase of the new emergency ambulance for Ibogun and Ayetoro Campus.

Narrating her ordeal to PLATFORMTIMES, a 200-level student of Mass Communication, Aderemi Rofiat said, Professor Olatunde had helped her to remain in the university.

According to her, I felt like giving up when I couldn’t pay up my school fees but God in his infinite mercy uses our Father, our Vice Chancellor to assist me.

She described the Vice Chancellor as a father to all students whom everybody is pleased with.

The student expressed appreciation to the Vice Chancellor and executives of the Student Union Government of the varsity for supporting her career.

She said “Whenever, I remember that I haven’t paid my school fees, I always feel sad. In fact, I do lost concentration in class because I never wanted to go back home to meet my parents who are even struggling before they could eat. I don’t want to talk about the condition of my parents right now because it makes me shed tears. Though, I believe good time is still coming.

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“I’m really happy when I saw that my school fees have been paid. Song of praises filled my mouth. I couldn’t sleep throughout that day. I was just rejoicing and praying for him.

“Thank you very much sir, I really really appreciate your kind gesture and may God continue to bless you and your family and may your children continue to see more favor.

“Am using this medium to appreciate the Vice chancellor of olabisi Onabanjo university concerning the students payment through the use of indigent scholarship.

“I would also urge him to keep up the good work because most students are in need of things like these in order to boost their life mentally, educationally, physically and also emotionally. His name would be written in the hearts of the needy”.

The General Secretary of National Association of Nigeria Students, Ogun Joint Campus Committee, Comrade Adeyemi Samson commended the Vice Chancellor for his fatherly role in the intervention on matters concerning students.

Comrade Adeyemi Samson is a 400 – level student of Political Science in the university.

He urged the Vice Chancellor to continue maintaining the good relationship between the students and management of the staffs.

Comrade Samson called on students of the institution to be good ambassadors of the varsity.

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