Femi Makinde, Osogbo
The Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi Foundation has paid the West African Examination Council fees of some pupils from 20 public schools in Osun State.
The Chairman of the foundation, Chief Yinka Fasuyi, who is the President, Ibadan Business School, presented cheques for the sum of N1,766,500 to beneficiaries at a ceremony held in Ilesa on Thursday.
The beneficiaries were those who had the best results in the Unified Promotion Examination organised by the state government for SSII pupils in the state.
Fasuyi said the gesture was devoid of any political undertone, stressing that he was moved to invest in the future of the children because of his love for education and Ijesaland.
He said, “The truth of the matter is that the government alone can never finance all socio-economic development programmes. If government was capable, then the Egbe Atunluse Ile Ijesa would have waited for it to establish the secondary school that was later known as Ilesa Grammar School.
“I urge all community stakeholders in their different classes, groups and associations to support the government and the society. We must not only produce educated people in quantity, we must also produce quality and value-adding educated people.”
Fasuyi also noted that investment in education would guarantee a bright future for children and the country, as well as give hope to the hopeless and help to reduce crime in the society.
He said the foundation provided free extra-mural classes in Mathematics and English Language for pupils in public secondary schools, adding that the pupils with the best results in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination among the current beneficiaries would win scholarships to further their education in any university or a polytechnic.
A former Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University, Prof. Tayo Olurotimi, lauded the chairman of the foundation for showing interest in the education of the children in Ijesaland.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the opportunities they were offered to ensure a brighter future for themselves.
The Commissioner for education in Osun State, Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young, represented by Mrs. Olufunke Adeyeye, thanked the foundation for investing in the future of the pupils and the state.
The commissioner advised the students to shun cultism and hard drugs that may distract them from achieving their goals in life.
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