In fulfillment of one of his campaign promises, the Executive Chairman of Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Hon. Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye has given out bursary award to 100 students of higher institutions across the country.
In a colourful award ceremony held at the council secretariat on Thursday 19th October 2017, the students who are indigenes and residents of the LCDA were each given a sum of N25, 000 each by the council boss to support their education.
In his address, Hon. Olaleye said his administration is looking at education holistically beginning with pupils at crèche level up to students in institution of higher learning. “Our aim is to touch as many students as possible in their pursuit of education. We have distributed educational materials to pupils in the crèche classes; we have distributed school bags to primary school students; we have organized remedial classes for SS2 students preparing for WAEC during our first term in office.
“When we were campaigning for re-election, we promised to give bursary award to students of tertiary institutions who are indigenes and residents of our LCDA. The money we are giving to them is to help reduce the financial burden on their parents. We expect the students to spend the money on things that would impact positively on their education,” he said.
Hon. Olaleye added that the award programme would hold quarterly enjoining those who did not make the list of first batch of awardees to exercise patience as many of them who applied for the programme would opportunity being considered for the award.
The bursary award scheme was first initiated by Hon. Olaleye in 2011 during his first term in office as one of his campaign promises. Over 500 students benefited from the programme.
Some of the students who spoke after the programme were excited to have received financial assistance from the council boss saying that the bursary award will spur them to study hard in their education.
One of the beneficiaries, Omidokun Monsurat, a 300 level student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, expressed gratitude to Hon Olaleye for his kind gesture. She described the council boss as a generous, kind-hearted person who is passionate about the well-being of students who are in higher institution.
“I feel excited that I was among the beneficiaries of the bursary award today. I did not expect that I would be selected for the first batch of the award because I could remember the day I came for screening exercise. I saw a mammoth crowd at the council premises but I thank God that I was selected for the first batch at the end of the day. I thank the council boss for this kind gesture and God will bless his family,” she said.
On her part, Adetayo Kafayat, a 400 level student of Education Management at Lagos State University (LASU) thanked the council boss for extending his financial assistance to the indigene and indigent students of the LCDA.
She described Hon Olaleye as a politician who made promises and fulfilled them. She revealed that the money would be spent judiciously and urged other local council chairmen to take a cue from Isolo council boss.
“The money came at the time I need it. Presently I need some textbooks and handouts and I will use the money to buy as many textbooks and other things that will make my education easy,” she said.
In his reaction, Oshodi Babatunde, a 300 level of Computer Science from Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ekiti- State, said the bursary award came when he needed to buy textbooks and handouts. Babatunde who was surprised when he received a text message for the bursary award prayed to God to grant long life and prosperity to Hon. Olaleye.
In a similar vein, three committees were inaugurated by the council boss to assist him in his bid to good governance to the people of Isolo LCDA. Among the committees so inaugurated are the Bursary Award committee headed by Hon. Taiwo Akanimodo; the Care for Widows and the Aged (CAWA) headed by Mr. Olowoniyi Tayo and the Revenue headed by Hon. Jubril Yusuf.
According to the council boss, the bursary committee is inaugurated to screen students who are eligible for the bursary award and secondly to ensure that all the rules and regulations are applied before candidates are considered for the exercise.
“We are inaugurating this committee to work on the grey areas we have identified in the first batch of the bursary award and I believe that those who are appointed into the committee are up to the task,” he said.
On Care for Widow, Aged and the Physically Challenged committee, Hon Olaleye said the committee is saddled with the responsibility of screening beneficiaries for the award. On Revenue Committee, he said the committee was inaugurated to ensure the internally revenue of Isolo LCDA is improved.
He therefore tasked the committee members to use their political experience to improve the internally generated revenue of Isolo LCDA.
“I strongly believe that the revenue committee would live up to expectations in terms of delivery and good results. Our internal revenue needs to be improved with the inauguration of this committee, I expect improvement in a few months and I wish all the members of these three committees best of luck as they start discharging their duties as from today,” he added.
Pix 1: (Standing) Executive Chairman Isolo LCDA, Hon Olaleye delivering his address during the presentation of bursary award held at the council secretariat. He is flanked on the left by APC Chairman, Isolo LCDA, Alhaji W.A. Raji, the vice chairman, Hon. Bayo Olasoju and Alhaji Lawal.
Pix 2 (Left) Ojo Adedolapo, Oyeniyi Kazeem, Adetayo Kafayat and Oshodi Babatunde beneficiaries of First Batch of Bursary Award initiated by Executive Chairman of Isolo LCDA, Hon. Shamsudeen Olaleye