By Boluwaji Obahopo, Lokoja
SPEAKER, Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole has doled out N3.5 million to pay school fees for students in his constituency.
The payment which was made through his foundation, Matthew Olushola Kolawole Foundation, benefited 350 students selected across the 15 wards of Kabba/Bunu State constituency.
The speaker while making the presentation, said his numerous education support schemes were born out of his hard experience in life while struggling to go to school which made him spend 30 years to get his first degree.
“Because I couldn’t afford school fees, I stayed four years extra after primary school, hawking before I could enter secondary school. I spent 10 years in secondary school before I could enter tertiary institution. And 10 years for my first degree because I had to fend for myself in school. It took me a journey of 30 years for my primary, secondary and tertiary education.
“I understand the plight of parents at this time considering the economic reality in the country, and in the spirit of the season, I have decided to support the students as they return to school in this new year. The gesture is in line with my promises during the electioneering campaigns to re-position the education sector in the area, and my concerted effort designed to support the youths in their academic pursuit.
“This Educational Support Scheme is aside the regular scholarship scheme that have over 500 beneficiaries across Okunland. It will not stop the annual inter-school competition where winners will also enjoy scholarships. If I don’t support education God will not forgive me. The importance of education cannot be over-emphasized because it is the foundation upon which the future of our youths is built.
“Our students deserve a solid footing in life no matter the path they desire to tow which makes it imperative to pay particular attention to their education”.
Kolawole said he had proved to be worthy representative who have raised the bar of representation in the constituency, said he had fulfilled his promises.
He however urged beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring they face their studies and shun all activities that could truncate a successful completion of their education.