The Awori Free Thinkers Initiative on Wednesday disbursed scholarship awards to 80 indigent students within and outside Ota.
The Awori Free Thinkers, established few months ago is an initiative comprising of people that cut across the four quarters of Ota land. The initiative came into being with mission of correcting the misconceived notion of people of Ota Indigenes as being lazy and uneducated.
The event which held at the community development association section of the Ijamido town hall, Ota dished out free JAMB, WAEC, NECO and common entrance forms to beneficiaries who are aspiring to go to further their academic quests but are financially handicapped.
The President of the Initiative, During Moses in an interview with VOA News correspondent, said the initiative’s action was propelled by the misconception of the Ota Awori people as being lazy and uneducated.
“For a long time, the people of Ota have been known and perceived as lazy, uneducated and thugs that only depends on proceeds of lands that they sell. This saddens our heart. Hence, we came up with this initiative in order to help our younger generation seeking to study and become better ambassadors of the town but have financial constraints to help them obtain their WAEC, NECO, UTME and common entrance forms to proceed in their studies in order help change the narratives of this town.”
The beneficiaries of this initiative were majorly Ota indigenes as out of the 80 candidates that benefited, only three of them were from Ado and Igbesa. Subsequently they hope to spread their tentacles and get more non-indigenes to benefit from the scheme.
In an interview with VOA News correspondent, one of the beneficiaries of the free JAMB form, Salako Damilola expressed her joy towards the kind gesture extended by the initiative as this is a great relief to her and her family. Hence, she assured the group that she would make good use of the opportunity given to her.
While delivering a short speech to the beneficiaries of the scheme, the Editor of Voice of Awori News, Mr. Oyetoro Oluwaseyi advised them to make good use of the platform the Awori Free Thinkers made available to them as they didn’t have such opportunity in their time. He therefore implored them to go to their various centers and make the initiative, their families and Ota town as a whole proud. Eventually when they get to their various campuses they should shun cultism, prostitution and other forms of illicit behaviours that can discredit the town.
In his own speech, one of the group members, Mr. Lamidi admonished the beneficiaries to do all that is within their powers to graduate in flying colours because that’s the only reward they can give to them in return for the kind gesture. They were however, reminded of the need for them to also give back to their community once they assume the position and have the capacity.
The Olota of Ota, Oba Prof. Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege was represented at the event by his Personal Assistant, Prince Sulaimon Olusesi. Other notables as well as parents of the beneficiaries graced the event.