No fewer than 340 indigenous students of Lagos State, studying in tertiary institutions across the state will on 5 October be awarded scholarships worth N20 million, by the Youth of All Nations (YOANEA) in partnership with the state Government.
The scholarships, according to Jeff Echezona Joshua, are aimed at encouraging people to go to school as well as alleviating the sufferings some indigent students go through.
He explained that education remains one of the vital tools for society’s development and called on stakeholders to always mobilise their wards to acquire valuable knowledge, regardless of the challenges involved.
“After much analysis, we also discovered that some political wards do not have enough representation in terms of students pursuing higher education across the country. We challenge every stakeholder in the affected areas to mobilize their people to check the non-enrolment problem,” he added.
On the day the scholarships will be awarded, the overall best student at the state level will get N1.5 million and a laptop, 2nd over all best will get N1 million and a laptop computer, while the 3rd overall best student will get a laptop computer with N500,000 cash.
At the district level, the best three students in each educational district shall receive N150,000, N100,000 and N50,000 each with laptop computers.
Anoher award that shall be presented that day include YOANEA ambassador to the overall best student.
Joshua said sustainability of the scheme will encourage indigenes to go to school and will automatically place Lagos in the list of states with high number of educated individuals in the country.