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Council chairman distributes 400 JAMB forms free to indigent students

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Dr Augustine Arogundade, Chairman, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State, on Thursday distributed 400 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms free to indigent students.

Arogundade, while distributing the forms at the council Secretariat, said that such development would enable them to pursue their academic dreams.

“I believe in the late Nelson Mandela’s vision on education when he expressed that `it saddens him each time he sees brilliant students who could not afford to pursue their academic dreams’.

“I feels dejected also when I see those brilliant students whose parents or guardians could not genuinely afford to send them to schools.

“As a PhD holder, I know the value of education and the places it can get you to or the accolades that it brings,” he said.

According to him, I will put machinery in place to monitor results of the beneficiaries so that those with brilliant scores can be awarded scholarships to pursue their chosen courses.

Arogundade added that he was committed to ensuring that students get qualitative education.

“My administration is committed to seeing that our children get qualitative education and in a conducive environment; that is why in October 2019, we renovated about five selected public primary schools within the LCDA.

“This covers the painting, roofing, provision of modern toilets facilities and boreholes,” he said.

According to him, the council also organised competitions and seminars for pupils to broaden their knowledge and give room for socialisation.

The chairman noted that the council held a seminal for both secondary and primary students on anti-cultism and other social vices.

Arogundade said that the LCDA had also taken it as a point of duty to train teachers from time to time to ensure effective and efficient delivery of qualitative knowledge to the pupils.

He said that in May 2019 the council organised a workshop for all public primary school teachers which turned out a huge success and impacting, judging from the feedbacks and evaluations.

“We are not relenting on our efforts as we have lots more programmes and projects penned down for this year,’’ he said.

The Council Manager, Peju Akin-Ajayi, appreciated the gesture of the chairman and admonished the beneficiaries of the free forms to utilise the opportunity given to them.

Akin-Ajayi urged the students to study hard to become relevant such that they would not be push side.

Responding, Mr Dele Olanopekun, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the council chairman for the kind gesture, saying that this would allow him to further his education.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye

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