By Olasunkomi Akoni
As part of efforts to improve the standard of education in the state, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Samuel Sejoro, representing Badagry Constituency in Lagos, has disbursed N7. 595 million as bursary award to 908 students of various tertiary institutions residents in Badagry.
Presenting the cash award of N10,000 to each of the beneficiaries at the third annual bursary award held at Badagry Town Hall, comprising 310 students, Sejiro explained that the aim was to assist the students in addressing part of the financial constraints in their education.
The lawmaker, who stressed that education is pivotal in the development process of any human community and the nation at large, noted that the problem of financing education in Nigeria is a serious one as most parents and guardians have less capacity in financing their children’s and wards’ education.
The beneficiaries include students who are indigenes of Badagry studying in the state higher institutions such as Lagos State University, LASU, Lagos State Polytechnics and Lagos State College of Education.
Sejero, however, promised to improve on the programme if he returns to the Federal House in 2011, adding that he would not only increase the amount and number of beneficiaries but also commence scholarship awards to extremely poor, indigent students, particularly the orphans in Badagry division.
He added that, plans were also on to embark on empowerment programmes next year for women and widows as part of measures to enhance the welfare of their families.
The first annual award was in 2008 to 250 students with each collecting N5,000 and 298 students in 2009 with each collecting N7.500. Notable contributions by the lawmakers towards the development of education in the area include; construction and handing over of eight blocks of classrooms along Ajara_Isalu Road, built to decongest Ajara Grammer School, Badagry Grammer School and Government College, Ajara. Handing_ over of several furniture and construction of three number of classrooms each for Sito_Gbethrome Junior School in August, 2010.
Other sectors include; free Hernia surgical operation for 76 patients in and outside Badagry Local Government and financial assistance to 23 people for healthcare as well as financial donation to 105 petty traders among others.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, President of National Association of Badagry Students, NABAS, Mr Augustine Sewhenu commended the lawmaker’s gesture, saying it would go a long way in encouraging students in improving on their studies.
While calling on other well meaning Nigerians and people’s representatives across the state to emulate the gesture of Sejero, Sewhenu noted that leadership is all about responsibility while followership is about demands.