BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
The Sergius Oseasochie Ogun Foundation has offset the 2014 NECO/WAEC enrolment fees for 550 students drawn from Esan North and Esan South East local government areas of Edo State.
According to the founder of the Foundation, Deacon Sergius Ogun, each of the students will receive N12,000 just as the Foundation will also award university scholarships to six of the best students who would receive N100,000 each per annum.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Deacon Ogun said that he had difficulties in paying his way through secondary education and he is motivated to pay the enrolment fees of the students, adding that “we should not toy with the educational future of our students who are our future.
“You will agree with me that many youths, more often than not, drop out of school when they are due for Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations. Seriously disturbed by this ugly development, my foundation (SOOF) initiated the free NECO/SSCE enrollment for intelligent but indigent students in our secondary schools on annual basis.
“Last year, over 250 candidates benefited from the scheme after rigorous examinations conducted for over 1,000 SSS III students in Esan North-East and Esan South-East local government areas. I am glad to inform you that a tremendous improvement has been recorded over and above the figure for the previous year as we gathered here today to present enrollment fees to over 550 candidates to enable them enrol for the 2014 NECO/SSCE.”
Chairman of the occasion, Professor Patrick Onolememen, while commending Deacon Ogun for his kind gesture, appealed to students to take the studying of mathematics and the sciences very seriously as most of the students that took part in the rigorous examination failed woefully in mathematics and science subjects.