The future of Ikorodu Division can only become brighter as more value is bestowed to academic excellence and aboriginal intelligence.
Applauded by stakeholders and inhabitants for feats in town progress and continual growth enhancement infusion, Ikorodu division peace initiative took its support scheme a step further on the 10th of September 2022.
The privately run non-governmental organisation, poised to display corroborating synergy between private and public sector, took to the palace pavilion of the adeboruwa of Igbogbo kingdom for an academic support program, hosting significant personalities (traditional rulers, council chairmen and delegates from the Lagos state ministry of education) across the entire Ikorodu division.
Prioritising education, the program is aimed at producing scholars to replicate the likes of Awojobi, TOS Benson, Seye Ogunlewe, Folake Solanke SAN, Adeniran Ogunsnya, S.O.K Shillings, Adebogun (Caleb University fame), Gbadamosi, Taiwo Hassan and Onafowokan.
With a measured 1.5billion naira investment into education, IDPIL brought more hope to faces of 181 higher learning students from the region, supporting them with 20 million naira bursary scholarships.
The bursary award enables recipients of the scholarship who are twelve in number selected on the basis of two beneficiaries per local government and local council development areas eligible to receive N200,000.00 scholarship throughout the duration of their course of study, subject to favorable educational action as underlined in their individual letters Award.
An advanced move, receiving high commendation from HRMs; Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi (Ayangburen of Ikorodu), Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali (Adeboruwa of Igbogbo), Oba Ajibade Bakare Agoro (Ranodu of Imota), Oba Aremu Sotonwa (Sekumade of Ipakodo), Oba Olukayode Raji (Eweye of Isiu) and Oba Richard Ogunsanya (Olubeshe of Ibeshe) who were all present at the presentation event was considered first of its kind in the state.
Appreciating the diligence and sense of duty by the screening committee throughout the procedures directing to the event, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, chairman, of the IDPIL scholarship and bursary committee, commended the professional inputs from Consultants towards the success of the scheme.
She continued, “I would like to congratulate all our successful beneficiaries for making it. This financial support may appear ‘free’ but beneficiaries went through written examinations, rigorous screenings and interviews to make them eligible”.
“Let me put on record that, over 400 students applied for this scholarship and bursary scheme, but we eventually shortlisted 181 successful candidates after a herculean task”.
“This initiative has come to stay as a yearly affair and those who could not make it to this stage shouldn’t lose hope but, rather work harder against the next edition”.
Mrs Adebimpe further explained that the support scheme underscores the importance of a community-driven initiative conceived to provide the much-needed financial support for our brilliant minds across the Division.
The executive secretary IDPIL, Otunba Olusegun Abiru told students not to forget the level of assistance which has been put in place for them, urging them to work towards becoming a point of support for other students in the future.
Business mogul, CEO of Multichoice (DSTV) Nigeria, Odofin of Ikorodu and chairman, IDPIL, Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya in his brief remarks explained that the essence of supporting education is to uphold the dream of turning Ikorodu into the next advanced region in the State.
Adding that Ikorodu Division has become a safer and peaceful place ever since the launch of the initiative, Chief Ogunsanya stated that the initiative is taken a bold step in shaping the destiny of the region, through the unprecedented investment of 20 million naira into its Education Endowment Fund.
Ogunsanya proceeded, “With education as part of our core objective, this initiative will build fora for young men and women that would shape government policies, manage conglomerates and would be responsible for taking decisions that would shape our tomorrow as a community and Division”.
“Our objectives are not centred only on security but all other areas, captured in our SHEER Agenda; Security, Health, Education, Environment and Road Rehabilitation (SHEER)”.
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. We’ll not give a reason for any of our young lads to result in any form of social vices, that’s why we’re embarking on this historic step as a proactive and responsible organisation”.
“Investing in the education of our children today is planting a mustard seed that would eventually grow into an oak tree under which many of us would take shelter in our old age”.
“The development of our community cannot be left in the hands of government alone, everyone of us has to contribute his/ her quota towards the growth and development of the Division”.
Ogunsanya later stated that a vocational training centre is currently under construction to further strengthen the sector.
Mr Adesoko Taofeek (representing the Hon. Commissioner for education) and Abdulrahman Lekki from the Lagos state scholarship board whose daughter was also a recipient of the award thanked the initiative for setting the pace and making unprecedented moves to foster growth.
Top recipients; Miss Toluwani Osisiogu, Tiletile Azeez, Olamide Amusa gave a warm appreciation speech to the organisation for the support, affirming their pledge to stay focused and give back to the community in the future.
Senator Seye Ogunlewe, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Mr David Sumoni, Dr Abiodun Fatai Abatan, Prince Hammed Aroyewun, Alhaja Muyirat Yama, Otunba Ayodele Elesho, Alhaji Amusa Olawale, Seun Elesho, Mrs Adele Ogunlade and other special dignitaries were also in attendance.