By Ayodele Popoola
As a way of giving back to the community, Non-Governmental Organization, African Hope Henry Foundation yesterday awarded scholarships to 57 indigent students of Ipogun community.
The awardees were 27 students from Ayo Grammar School, 10 pupils from St Jude’s Anglican Primary School, 10 from St. Paul CAC Primary School and 10 from Muslim Pry School, all in Ipogun community.
The presentation of the Scholarship/bursary award ceremony was held at Ayo Grammar School, Ipogun, with many dignitaries in attendance
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Lola Amuda said the presentation of scholarship and bursary to the indigent students signified that children’s education required synergy between the government and private individuals or groups, saying government alone could not singlehandedly funded education in the current dispensation.
The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Adepoju said Henry Asere had been inspired by God to assist the children of Ipogun town have access to quality education
She said the gesture was part of the call of the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Akeredolu to all individuals and stakeholders to partner with the government in meeting the Millennium Development Goal of Education for All.
The Adapogun of Ipogun, Oba Rapheal Oluwadare appreciated Mr Henry Asere for the scholarship award and for his determination to help the children of Ipogun through his foundation.
He said this occasion showed that he was part of the indigenes of the community that know the essence of education in this present age.
He encouraged the beneficiaries to face their studies squarely in order to achieve success in the future.
The Principal of Ayo Grammar School, Ipogun, Mrs Modupe Ademoyewa appreciated the African Hope Foundation for providing succour to indigent students and pupils in the community.
The Deputy Director and Community Affairs Coordinator, AHHF, who is also the wife of the philanthropist, Mrs Agnes Asere said the scholarship giving day was part of the mission of the African Hope Henry Foundation, which was to make education easier for the less privileged in the society by assisting pupils and students towards their careers.
The President, Old Students Association of the school, who is also the Permanent Secretary Cabinet and Service Matter, Ondo Government House, Mr Dele Adesanmi lauded Mr Asere for his gesture.
One of the beneficiaries’ parent, Owokole Oreoluwa expressed heartfelt joy for the relieving her of her child school fees and book. She prayed that God would continue to provide for him.