By Haroon Balogun
The University of Ibadan Muslim Graduates’ Association (UIMGA) has distributed the sum N625,000.00 among 25 indigent students as scholarships during the 2016/2017 academic year.
This year’s distribution was held recently at the University of Ibadan Central Mosque. Several millions of Naira have been committed to this scholarship programme over the years.
The Association has as one of its cardinal programmes the promotion of university education amongst Muslim youths, particularly the indigent and vulnerable ones.
In his address at the occasion, the President of the Association, Dr. Saka Adewumi stated that 45 undergraduates and eight post-graduates had benefited from the scheme which came into being after the well-celebrated Education Summit organized by the Association at the Conference Center of the University of Ibadan in the year 2005. He added that a Muslim Law graduate of the Uthman Dan-Fodio University who found it difficult to register at the Nigerian law School was assisted by Scheme during the last academic session.
The President said that nine out of 24 beneficiaries of the 2015/2016 academic session graduated in various disciplines from various universities across the country.
He commended Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), Engr. Mutairu Adeniran, Dr. Sarafa Alimi, Alhaja Bolatito Aremu, amongst others for their support and donation, while also appealing to well meaning Nigerians to donate to the scholarship scheme through association’s bank account: Ecobank Plc, 1673000385, with the name ‘UI Muslim Graduates Association’.
In his lecture, the Chief Missioner of the Association; Alhaji Moshood Bayo- Lawal emphasized the importance of education even to the fear of Allah. He admonished those at the helm of affairs in the country to fear God and be just in all ramifications as the insurgency in the country is generated or exacerbated by social injustice in the land. He therefore recommended transparency and accountability as means of combating corruption, economic recession and unemployment in the country.
The Chairman of the Scholarship Committee Alhaji Adelakun Abdulahi expressed appreciation to the donors, urging the beneficiaries to be more committed to their studies.