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An indigenous foundation in Ogun state, Egba Science Education Foundation has arranged a maiden annual lecture to immortalise a great philanthropist , Chief Olatunde Abudu .
The 20-year-old foundation which was being funded by the 93-year-old industrialist had embarked on various educational projects which include equipping science laboratories and giving scholarship to indigent students from Egbaland .
Speaking at a press briefing held a the Abeokuta Club over the forthcoming lecture slated for March 15, both the Vice Chairman of the foundation, Dr Funmilayo Alatise and the committee Publicity Chairman who is also the president of Abeokuta Club , Chief Tokunbo Odebunmi lauded the contributions of Abudu over the establishment of the foundation .
Odebunmi announced that the foundation has resolved to immortalise Abudu with the maiden lecture .
He added that the annual lecture with the theme “The Impact of Science And Technology on Agriculture”was planned to raise issues on the need to embrace technology in agriculture .
Odebunmi in his remarks said thousands of students in various tertiary institutions in the country have benefited from the scholarship from the foundation since it started operation 20 years ago .
Odebunmi said the nonagenarian has been the pillar of support for the foundation and it was resolved to immortalise him with the annual lecture
While chronicling the achievements of the foundation, Dr Alatishe said a good number of secondary schools own by the state government have been equiped .
She however lamented that it stopped the projects due to dearth of science teachers in some public secondary schools in the state .
The foundation said it had planned to equip all laboratories of public schools in Ogun central senatorial distirct with N2 million each but, had to stop it due to dearth of science teachers in many public schools .
Alatishe said the foundation channeled the fund to other projects which include scholarship for students of tertiary institutions who are Egba indigines and remedial programmes for secondary schools pupils .
The committee vice chairman said the complaint had been taken to the attention of state government which she said he pledged to take necessary measures to end the narrative.
Her words “over the years, we have equipped science laboratories in government schools in Abeokuta. When we found out that despite equipping those schools with science laboratory equipments, there were no science teachers to operate them. The equipments cost millions of naira but they became useless due to lack of science teachers.
“We have stopped equipping laboratories and went into remedial programme for SS3 students and scholarship programme for University students across the nation for more than 10 years now.
“We select student from each secondary School through aptitude test. We have a minimum of 50 beneficiaries annually and for the scholarship programme, we select two student form each university cross the country. We strictly select only students who are Egba indigens.”