By Dapo AkiNrefon
THE Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has given out 60 scholarship awards, to students, to cover both secondary and university education.
The awards which held at the ASCONÂ auditorium, Topo, Badagry, was in conjunction with the Badagry New Generation Foundation (BNGF) which has the Lagos PDP chairman, Arc Setonji Koshoedo as a life patron.
The awardees are still in various classes at the Ascension School, Badagry but some will soon be moving to the tertiary level. The three top recipients based on their performance at the competitive aptitude tests across Badagry Local Government were Egbonwon Olabode, Jidonu Mauyon and Jeje Yeseyon respectively.
Speaking on the importance of education at the ceremony, Chairman of the occasion and chieftain of the Lagos PDP, Chief Oluyomi Finnih, said beyond the value attached to the awards which will enable the recipients to successfully complete their education was the concern and dedication of the initiator of the programme.
This, he said, would be appreciated by the people just as he asked the indigenes of Badagry toÂ refocus on the issue of education as a key to development.
While urging the people to continue to support the programme which, he said, was not partisan nor tribal in its distribution among recipients, he noted that education was the ultimate investment.
According to him, â€œAs much as the initiator of the awards has helped to facilitate this programme, parents and guardians must be reminded of the value of education by sending their wards to school. As the government is doing its own, the parents must also do theirs. Children must be educated, education is the ultimate investmentâ€.
Also speaking at the event, former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, implored the indigenes to buckle up on the level of development in area and the challenges it posed to their future, remarking that they need to produce more educated men and women to create a better future.
He raised posers on the rate of drop-outs among students in Lagos State which he attributed to the low level of standards in education in the state. He decried the recent 5 per cent pass in the West African Examination Councils (WAEC), saying a PDP government would restore hope at the appropriate time.
Chairman of the party, Mr Setonji said the motivation for instituting the awards was to help as the chairman of the Lagos PDP to give back to the society. He expressed concern over the future of the youths particularly those from poor background and as such he urgedÂ those who are well to do in the society to give the necessary support to the poor.
He queried the priority of the Lagos State Government which, he said, had not given right attention to education just as he informed that the programme would also be extended to other local governments in the state.