The Ondo State Government today flagged off the 2014/2015 academic session bursary and scholarship awards for students from the oil producing areas of the state.

Under the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC), over 5000 students benefitted from the gesture.

Ondo State First Lady, Mrs Betty Akeredolu who flagged off the exercise at OSOPADEC office in Oba-Ile congratulated the beneficiaries while further assuring that the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu will not hesitate to make payment of the remaining bursary possible.

The Chairman of OSOPADEC, Barr. Olugbenga Edema confirmed that a total of 5227 students were beneficiaries.

A further analysis of the process as revealed by the OSOPADEC boss indicates that 32 PhD students, 104 Masters students, 16 PGD students and 19 Law students while 2593 and 898 undergraduates of universities and polytechnics respectively all benefitted the scheme.

A total of 777 students form colleges of education and 784 from health institutions were among the beneficiaries.

Edema further pointed out that the essence of the programme was to celebrate with students in higher institutions in the state.

“I am elated that we have flagged off this payment to students in our mandate area – in Ilaje and Ese Odo,” Edema said.

While promising the students a fair increment in the scholarship payment, Edema assures, “rather than bursary, we will advocate for more money for scholarship”

“We are going to jack up the money ascribed to scholarship as we want to achieve excellence as from the next season.”

Also speaking at the ceremony, a former Head of Service in the state, Bar. Ajose Ikudehinbu, urged the commission to work towards giving all Ph.D students full scholarship whole he also emphasized the need to encourage the few girl-children who are determined to further their education by giving them full scholarship.

The students were later presented the bursary and scholarship awards.

Some of the beneficiaries, Mr. Bello Kingdom and Dr. Mrs Omosuwa Olajumoke thanked the Akeredolu led government for not abandoning the project noting that it was laudable for this government to have approved the payment at a time when most of them had given up hope.

They further charged the commission to increase the number of beneficiaries across the state.

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