By Femi Atolagbe
The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has disclosed that it will soon commence the disbursement of bursary to State students in all the higher institutions.
Akeredolu made the disclosure at a celebration to mark the 2018 International Student Day ceremony held at the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports Secretariat Annex ,in Akure, the State capital.
This year’s International Students Day was tagged : “The Right to Peace: the Universal Declaration of human Right at 70.”
The International Students Day was set aside by the United Nations in honour and remembrance of students who lost their lives in Prague, while protesting the callous killing of innocent people in 1939 during the second World War and the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi- Germany.
The Governor who was represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Mr Olugbenga Ale, said his government was committed to the welfare and wellbeing of students, especially from the state, in any part of the world.
Akeredolu said the ongoing renovations of schools across the state by the current government is also to give students needed requisites for a better future.
The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye was also represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Dr (Mrs)Dupe Eshofone ,said the ministry was partnering with sister’s agencies in ensuring that there would be sustainable development in the educational sector.
Ogunleye added that one of the objectives of this event is to recognise the contributions of students to nation building, to be more commitment in investing in students ,also to draw the world attention to the educational needs of the students .
The president of the National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS), Emmanuel Akeredolu thanked the government for being alive to the plight of students in the state.
On his part, president of National Association of Nigeria Student(NANS) Ondo State chapter, Adewunmi Adebowale called on government at all levels to see the rejuvenation of the educational sector as a collective responsibility.
Also present at the event included representatives of the nine tertiary institutions in the state, including selected secondary schools and members of the Natonal Youth Service Corps (NYSC).