As part of continuous efforts to help academically brilliant Ogun West Students achieve their goals, the Senator representing Ogun West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Sen. Tolu Odebiyi has empowered 53 Undergraduate Students by giving them scholarship awards under his TOD Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme.
The sum of Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) which was given to each of the 53 Ogun West Students is part of his multi-faceted approach to revamp the education sector in Ogun West.
The scholarship award ceremony held at the International Conference Centre of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State had Parents of the beneficiaries, dignitaries and traditional rulers, Party and community Leaders in attendance.
Addressing the gathering, the Senator who is also the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said, “The scholarship scheme is structured in a way that will support your education throughout the duration of your studies in school. It is my firm believe that the scholarship will go a long way in eliminating monetary challenges and other forms of distractions that may inhibit your quest for quality education”.
In order to help advance their knowledge of technology, Sen. Odebiyi also presented the Students with brand new laptops in addition to the scholarship grants.
“To further demonstrate my genuine commitment to the actualisation of your goals and aspirations, and my resolve to mitigate the challenges of access to technological devices that will enhance and advance your knowledge of technology, each of you will be presented with a brand new laptop. This is in addition to your scholarship grants. I therefore, enjoin you to deploy the laptops for educational purposes only, and to eschew using them for illegal activities. You all must not engage in acts that are capable of derailing your goals”.
The Senator assured his Constituents that he will continue with more vigour, to justify the trust his people have in him and will also not depart from the path which has earned him deep reverence from his people.
While congratulating the beneficiaries, the Ogun West Senator, reminded them that the gesture is a challenge for them to further excel in their academic pursuits, so that they can contribute to the development of Ogun West Senatorial District, Ogun State and indeed Nigeria in future.
Mr Ajibola Olasode, a beneficiary said, “As a recipient of Senator Tolu Odebiyi scholarship award, I will like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Senator for the invaluable support and contribution towards making our academic dreams a reality.
By awarding me this scholarship, you have reduced my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of learning. Your generosity towards humanity has inspired me to also help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me”.
Miss Ayinde Grace who also benefitted said, “Sen. Tolu Odebiyi is a great philanthropist and lover of Men. I really thank God in your life sir, because without Him it’s impossible for you to do this great and uplifting works you are doing in Ogun West, your love for education, youth and human capital, it is extraordinary, I must confess. And it has gone a long way in alleviating the suffering in this area. Most especially this undergraduate scholarship which has helped my academics a lot. Thank you so much, May God continue to bless you to do greater things”.
Another student who received his scholarship award at the event Mr Johnbull Vitowanu said, “On behalf of the TOD Scholars I will like to extend a very hearty thanks to our Daddy, Sen. Tolu Odebiyi for his priceless support to the education of the Ogun West students. He is a father that understands the principle of responsibilities; despite the fact that he has a lot of commitments, he always thinks about our wellbeing. Words can not express how we feel. God will continue to elevate you in all your doings Sir.”
Another TOD scholar, Mr. Bamgbose Abraham Abidemi who read a speech at the event, thanked Sen. Tolu Odebiyi and his amiable Wife, Mrs. Folasade Odebiyi for their love for the youths of Ogun West. He went on to note that, “It is my privilege to offer thanks on this occasion,- TOD Undergraduate Scholarship Award Ceremony today, 14th March, 2021. He described Sen. Odebiyi as a Honorable, gallant and Ever-Dynamic, Distinguished Senator.
Bamgbose also said, “Thank you for the rare opportunity of this Scholarship award and for the impact of this scholarship on our academic growth and development.
We pray that the good Lord will continue to elevate this foundation and continue to back our dearest Distinguished Senator Tolu Odebiyi in all your political ambitions and aspirations.
He prayed that the goal of making Ogun West a better place be actualized by the Senator.