The just concluded presentation of N50,000 Bursary Awards to seventy nine (79) indigenes and indigent penultimate class students of Sagamu Local Government in public tertiary institutions which the registration for the annual one time award was facilitated by RIDSCo/Lafarge Africa Plc commenced on Monday, 8th of November, 2021.

RidSco 2021/22 Bursary Award E-flyer
RidSco 2021/22 Bursary Award E-flyer

Announcing the commencement of the registration via a notification message, the Chairman, Education and Youth Empowerment Committee, Mrs A.O.A. Adesanya stated in the release that, applicants must be indigent/indigenes of Sagamu Local Government and also be a penultimate year student of any public higher institution of learning, Eaglesforesight earlier reported.

On the 17th of February 2022, the 79 successful undergraduates received their cheques at the presentation ceremony held at RIDSCo office attended by dignitaries.

“We could not have achieved these modest successes without the support of RIDSCo and the good people of Sagamu.”, the representative of sponsor, Lafarge Africa Plc, Engr Sunday Ogunyinka commends the leadership spirit of Olootu Omoba M.O. Oyedele, the chairman of RIDSCo with all pleasure on behalf of the Lafarge management.

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Responding on behalf of HRM Oba Adewale Ajayi Babatunde, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom, his Majesty’s representative, the Odofin Of Soyindo, Oba MSL Gisanrin, lauded Lafarge’s gesture towards their quality academic excellence contributions in Sagamu.

“This is a gesture that will remain historic not only in the history of the beneficiary students and Sagamu communities, but the State as a whole because the intervention undertaken in the areas of education and youth empowerment had presented Lafarge as one of Ogun state partners in progress.”, the RIDSCo Chairman on Education and Youth Empowerment Committee said.

Olootu Omoba M.O. Oyedele mentioned covid-19 as the major reason why the bursary awards could not hold in the year 2020, and to ensure that people benefit from the 2021 edition, he gave the committee a mandate of a month ultimatum to organize the just concluded bursary awards.

He said, in the past, the idea is to distribute forms to respective quarters and communities in Sagamu Local Government, but, it was discovered that often time the purpose of getting to real indigent students are always defeated through the act of favoritism from the past youth representative. However, with the advent of website, RIDSCo began online registration of qualified students for the awards. The data submitted online would be further verified with their school authorities. Through this alone, many applicants are found out to be not in the penultimate class or from other local governments and state, and therefore disqualified. After weeding through verificationof claims, the students sat for a written and oral interview before the successful candidates are invited to receive their cheques. He commended the cooperation of the present representatives of the two recognized youth bodies- National Youth Council of Nigeria and Sagamu Youth Association- for their efforts in the 2021 bursary edition for their doggednesses.”

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When giving vote of thanks, one of the beneficiaries lauded the organizers, he said “a BURSARY from the Lafarge Africa Plc through RIDSCo came at just the right time for me as this is the first ever opportunity of it kind in my entire life.

Beneficiary of RidSco and Lafarge Africa Plc 2021 bursary award

“I am beyond grateful for this amazing opportunity. It would not only helped me pay for my studies, but it has also given me hope that the future is bright with lots more opportunities.

“It’s a fantastic start to my career, and I’m convinced that this opportunity will lead to even more opportunities in the nearest future,” he said.

Present at the event are the Odofin Of Sonyindo, HRH Oba MSL Gisanrin, Olootu Omoba M.O. Oyedele, OLU, Fola Akodu, Hon Adeyiga T. Awoyemi (President of Sagamu Development Association), Com. Adekunle Bello (SDA Secretary), Comrade Olusegun Sikiru (President of Sagamu Youth Association), Com Oluwole Aduroja (Coordinator NYCN Sagamu Branch). Others are from Lafarge Africa Plc, Engr Sunday Ogunyinka, Engr Sandra and Adeolu Lamidi.

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