By Adegbenro Damilola Christiana
An NGO has offered free scholarship to over 3,000 students within the western region. The NGO which identity itself as Scholarship Aid Initiative (SAI) held its annual Stakeholders forum at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) today 13th November 2020 which was graced by the presence of both the students and their parents/guidance.
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The occasion was graced with some dance and drama performance which entertained everyone present.
The stakeholders forum which is an annual event is aimed at sensitizing both the students and their parents/guidance on the need to embrace education and also to reveal the effect of educational system in the country.
Prior to the stakeholders forums, students were shortlisted for admission process which involved undertaking an entrance examination to determine the qualified candidates.
Despite the ravaging effect of the global pandemic, Scholarship Aid initiative was able to leverage fully on technology by providing measures by which Students who enrolled for the scholarship programme will be able to undertake their exams online without any delay and this process cost a fortune on their end.
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The African Regional President of Scholarship Aid Initiative, Dr. Adebayo Oluwatosin Ph.D congratulate the new intakes, reminding them of their journey and urged them to always strive to excel rather than waste the opportunity given to them.
He further addressed the problems being faced in the educational sector, according to him, the government does not have the interest of the citizens at hand rather they are been deluded by fictional tales and promises which they’ll never execute.
Dr. Adebayo further revealed the tactics by which government extort the mass during admission process. According to him “Every year, thousands of students apply for jamb, however, they have a specific number of slot they are willing to accept yearly thus making millions from the masses without anything to show for.
He strongly condemn the politics incurred in Nigerian varsites in which an aspirant will apply for a course and instead will be given unrelated course that is totally irrelevant in the county, thus changing the destiny of students.
Dr. Adebayo also referenced the compulsory NYSC set up by the government. According to him, NSYC should be scrapped or reformed, rather than sending serving corps members to other state which there are some barriers they face like Language Barrier, different cultural and religion beliefs, they should serve on their respective states. Furthermore, Dr. Adebayo expressed his dissatisfaction with the NYSC by stating it is a waste of time to young graduates. He said; “In Nigeria today, different companies and firms want graduates within the age of 23-24, a young student who was fortunate to gain admission at the age of 18, will undergo 4 or 5 years course in the university, not forgetting ASUU will strike in the process, after successfully completing their programme, they’ll be made to enroll in the compulsory NYSC which will take 1 year of their lives.
Dr. Adebayo revealed why he started the NGO programme; according to him, the government is not ready to help the society and this has bred many criminals, thugs, hoodlums and crime rate is increasing daily. The need for education in Nigeria is vital especially to the less privileged.
He revealed some ongoing plans being made by the NGO (Scholarship Aid Initiative) and assured parents of a better and quality education for their children through their organization.