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The Executive Chairman of Isolo LCDA, Otunba Adebayo Olasoju on Friday distributed free General Certificate of Education (GCE) forms to indigent but diligent students from across the council area.
The presentation ceremony was held at the council secretariat following a painstaking compilation of their details via a data form earlier issued out through stakeholders like the Council’s Legislative Arm, Religious Organisations, the Community Development Committee (CDC), the Market Men & Women Association, Artisan Associations, and other subsisting interests within the council area.
The council boss who was represented by the Vice Chairman, Hon. Shakiru Sadiq Adeola congratulated the beneficiaries and urged them to maximize the opportunity by coming out in flying colours in the examinations.
He explained that the gesture was part of the youth empowerment programs the administration has in store to make the youths more productive and responsible element of the society noting that more educational programs will be initiated ahead of and beyond the administration’s 100 Days in office to complement the state government’s impressive efforts in the education sector.
His words: “It’s a move initiated by our administration to tackle youths restiveness that is common in a society where is education not accorded the deserved attention. The importance of this noble action is a clear testimony that we are in a new dawn in Isolo LCDA as government is embarking on developmental plans in the face of the current trying period resulting from the pandemic era to sustainably achieve a national recovery.”
He continued saying: “Our council is creative in thinking by presenting this G.C.E forms to 200 beneficiaries. But, I want to implore all the beneficiaries to be academically inclined and infuse the act of seriousness to their academics as government believes it is part of the dividends of democracy to the average Nigerians.”
He added that the massive road rehabilitation projects and other developmental programs that have been unfolding across the council area since the inception of the administration are a few of what will be seen in the next four years.
The Party LGA Chairman, Barrister Gani Bello commended Otunba Olasoju for the initiative relating it to Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s free education policy of the pre-independence era through the second republic which he (Bello) benefitted from. He charged the beneficiaries to make themselves and the council proud in the examinations.
The Council Leader, Hon. Akeem Alarape, the Deputy Leader, Hon. Kanayo Osondu who were among other dignitaries at the event took turns beseeching the beneficiaries to come out successful in the examinations impressing it on them that their success in the exam might be a gateway for greater scholarships awards.
Conveying her appreciation to the council chairman for the initiative, one of the beneficiaries, Monday Precious expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the council boss.
“I want to appreciate the chairman for these free GCE forms and that’s why I’ve come with my child to witness the presentation. We’ve been bothered about how to purchase the form before we heard about the privilege. We are immensely grateful to Otunba Adebayo Olasoju,” said Mrs. Nimota Adeniji, one of the beneficiaries’ parents.