In a bid to promote education and empower indigent and orphaned students, Senator Saliu Mustapha, the representative of Kwara Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has officially launched the 2024 edition of the annual West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) scholarships.
The flag-off ceremony took place at Socrates College, Aromoradu, Ilorin, with over two thousand students from the four local government areas and beyond benefiting from the scholarship program. Professor Binta Suleiman, the Coordinator of Saliu Mustapha Foundation Education Committee, represented the legislator at the event.
Addressing the gathered students, Prof. Suleiman congratulated the beneficiaries and urged them to remain focused, dedicated, disciplined, and committed to their educational pursuits.
She emphasized the importance of excelling in their studies and becoming ambassadors for their families, the foundation, and Kwara State.
Highlighting Senator Saliu Mustapha’s commitment to educational development, Prof. Suleiman announced that deserving students among the scholarship recipients who excel in their studies would receive full scholarships to higher institutions.
She stressed that the impact of the scholarship would contribute significantly to the development of a well-educated and empowered constituency.
“I want to convey the congratulatory message of the sponsor, who is the Senator representing kwara central in the National Assembly, Mallam Saliu Mustapha to all the beneficiaries of 2024 annual educational scholarship for the indigents and orphans in the Kwara Central Senatorial District.
“I am happy to inform you that the senator will further sponsor deserving students amongst these recipients that come out in flying colours to higher institutions. It therefore behoves you to work very hard, excel and become good ambassadors of your parents, the foundation and Kwara State at large”, she said.
Comrade Yakub Ishowo, the Secretary of the Education Committee, provided guidelines for the seamless registration of students and encouraged them to view the scholarship as an opportunity to achieve their academic goals and dreams.
Recipients received their scholarships in various schools, with representatives from the Saliu Mustapha Foundation visiting schools to hand over the awards to principals and parents of the students.
At Community Secondary School, Ogele, Mr. Sulaiman Olanrewaju, the school’s principal, expressed gratitude to the foundation for providing scholarships for deserving poor students.
Similar sentiments were echoed by parents and school officials at other beneficiary schools, including Ogodo Community Secondary School, Muslim Model College School, and Government Day Secondary School, among others.
Parents and community leaders praised Senator Saliu Mustapha for his commitment to grassroots development and educational advancement. They expressed gratitude for the senator’s efforts in ensuring that the less privileged in the society have access to quality education.