The Ibadan Descendants’ Union (IDU) in New York, United States (U.S.) has given scholarships worth N50,000 cash each to indigent students of Ibadan origin in tertiary institutions.
At the presentation ceremony held at the main auditorium of Faculty of Law of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Aare Alasa Olubadan of Ibadan Chief Rasheed Olalekan Alabi, who chaired the event, urged the beneficiaries to justify the IDU’s investment in their academics.
Chief Alabi said: “The money given to you is only meant for your education. It is not to be used to buy the latest phones or the latest designer clothes. It is meant to aid your studies and to help you all to be good ambassadors of your family, your institutions,Ibadan, Oyo State and Nigeria.”
The president of Ibadan Descendants Union New York, Alhaji Olawale Olalere, said the scholarship was aimed at helping brilliant students of Ibadan origin to achieve excellence. He said: “This scholarship will be given yearly to indigent students. We intend to do more as we plan to expand the award. We will encourage contributions from members of the society and the government.”
Nine students from three institutions benefitted from the scheme. They are Adelabu Hammed, Olapade Ayodeji Bayowa, Adenike Adeleke and Jimoh Akanni, all students of the University of Ibadan (UI).
Others are Ajoke Hazeez, Habeeb Olatunji and Adewale Olatunji, all students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (IBADAN POLY), while two students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Esther Oladipupo and Olajesu Akanji, also benefitted from the cash scholarship.