By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Over 300 Nigerian students are to benefit from the scholarship programme of the Akande Tunde Movement (ATM) to study in Espam-Formation University, Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Addressing the beneficiaries of the scholarship, on their way to Benin Republic, founder of the movement, Dr. Kazeem Akande tasked them to be a good ambassador of the country and take their academics seriously during their stay in the Benin Republic.
Dr. Akande pointed out that the scholarship programme is aimed at contributing to the educational sector in Nigeria and that it is
also meant to give succor to the families of the beneficiaries.
He stressed that it has always been his passion to be a sponsor as regards education, while he described education as the bedrock of the development of any society that desires good change.
Lamenting the high rate of poverty in the society which has made it difficult for many to access quality and tertiary education, Dr Akande said he feels to see brilliant students who should attain tertiary education, but are denied the opportunity due to the paucity of funds.
Dr Akande added that the scholarship given will fund 50 percent of the tuition fees of beneficiaries of the initiative and that the beneficiaries will be given an opportunity to study the course of their choice at the university, which according to him had produced great alumni, including some Nigerians governors, legislators amongst others.
Some of the parents who spoke with newsmen expressed gratitude to the scholarship donor for how his organisation is helping their wards get to where they want to go in life and helping them to fulfill a lifelong dream of getting their children obtaining good tertiary education good.