270 students shortlisted from 37 secondary schools selected across the six states of the South West have become beneficiaries of a South West Educational Scholarship scheme by The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.
Coordinator of the Ooni’s Save Education Project Adeyanju Olaoluwa paid a “thank you visit to the Palace along with some of the beneficiaries and their parents. As part of the landmark achievements in the last two years on the throne of his forefathers, The Ooni of Ife asked him to shortlist students that were financially constraint and they were able to shortlist students from 37 schools.
68 students had their WAEC fees paid in 23 of the schools already visited, while 14 others would be visited soon. Adeyanju Olaoluwa urged NGOs, philanthropists, politicians and meaningful Nigerians to emulate Ooni, in assisting the less privileged in the society.
The Supreme Head of Yoruba Race worldwide called on the students to be orderly, humble and respectful, adding that they should ensure that they face their studies squarely for brighter future. Ooni returned all the glory unto Almighty God, who he said gave him the opportunity to care for the needy.
The monarch recalled that he learnt shoe making when things were tough and boasted of making his shoes by himself. He urged them never to lose hope and advised them to be ambitious, discipline, prayerful and focus for them to get to their promised land.
Mr Yemi Opawoye-Adeagbo, the Vice-Principal, Ilobu High School, Ilobu, Osun, acknowledged the traditional ruler for assisting all and sundry including the less privileged students.
Mrs. Paulina Nwachukwu, of Saint Paulina Missionary School, Lagos, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, applauded Ooni for his good gesture towards the less privileged.