The Awori Top Development Association has lavished Bursary Awards on twenty indigent students in Isolo Local Government of Lagos State as part of the club’s 25th anniversary celebration.
The event which took place in the last Sunday of December was held at the Isolo town hall and had more twenty indigent students which comprises of both indigenes and non indigenes of Awori land.
The club’s Governor General, Prince Kabiru Abimbola in his keynote address, said that the quest to nip the lingering menaces of illiteracy in the bud informed the club’s decision to give bursary award to the students.
He added that the club will not relent in its quest to make the society a better place for all and sundry.
On the criteria for the selection of the students, Prince Kabiru Abimbola Faronbi said the students were screened through an exercise which was conducted to select the best among them after several applications were received.
He further, added that the club did not base its selection only on indigenes alone as non indigenes who also merited the award were shortlisted.
In his keynote address, the guest speaker of the event, Alhaji Imam Sheu Akapo said that most of the problems Nigeria is currently faced with are caused by illiteracy in that proper education would not make one partake in acts such as insurgency, militancy or other acts that can endanger one’s life.
He added that gestures such as that of Awori Top Development Association could help reduce the level of illiteracy among the people. He further said that the holy Quran necessitated the need to assist those who are less privileged as the reward is very handsome. He encouraged the club members to ensure that they sustain the generous act as reward God takes note of every humanitarian gesture.
In an interview with VOA News correspondent, one of the beneficiaries, Miss Badmus Rukayat Morenikeji, said she was given the sum of N25, 000.
She thanked the members of the club on behalf of other beneficiaries. She said she would use the money for the pursuance of her education as that was what the money is meant for. She urged other relevant stakeholders, clubs and societies to emulate the Awori Top Development Association in their generous and kind act of eradicating illiteracy among the people.
The Akogun of Isolo, Chief Ekundayo, the Agba-Akin of Isolo kingdom who was also the the former Governor General of the club, Chief Lawal Yahyah Arowoye, were among several other dignitaries who graced the event.