Over 800 pupils and students have benefited from a scholarship program and the distribution of educational materials initiated and funded by the Osaseyi Foundation in Okoro Gbede Community, Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State.
Speaking during the distribution of books to students of Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) primary school, students of Universal Basic Education (UBE) middle schools and Okoro Gbede high school on Saturday, the founder of the foundation , Richard Osaseyi, said the gesture was part of his desire to ensure that schools in Kogi West produce the best universal students who can compete favorably with their counterparts around the world.
Osaseyi, who also paid the first term tuition fees for more than 800 pupils and students, said he would now continue to pay their tuition fees to ease the burden on parents facing financial hardship due to the current economic slump.
“My mission to education is to help the parents of Kogi West build a great transporter for children who, in turn, can help their parents and communities.
“It is obvious that many parents in rural areas cannot afford to pay the external examination fees for their students. Therefore, my decision to pay the WAEC, NECO and JAMB fees for the students was aimed prevent them from dropping out of school due to financial difficulties.
“Among these children are doctors, engineers, nurses, teachers, lawyers. But if we don’t help them now, their dreams of succeeding in life may die for lack of funding to pursue their dreams. This is why I am very determined to train children who will be the ambassadors of these communities,” he said.
While urging the students to prioritize their studies, the founder of the Osaseyi Foundation rejoiced at the performance of the Okoro Gbede High School students in the latest WAEC and NECO exam and promised to make the teachers happy.
Ijumu Local Government Area Education Secretary Mr. Ehindaro Kehinde commended the selfless service that Mr. Richard Osaseyi has rendered to the children, adults and widows of Ijumu communities. He instructed other well-meaning natives in the council to emulate Osaseyi’s humanitarian services.