Hardship: 60,000 Ogun students to benefit in ongoing N50,000 palliative

By Nudoiba Ojen

About 60,000 students of Ogun State origin in all tertiary institutions of learning in the country are to benefit from the ongoing N50,000 palliative of the state government, tagged Educational Cash Award For Student Help (OgunEduCASH).

OgunEducash is an intervention programme for learners in all public primary and secondary schools, as well as public and private tertiary institutions across Nigeria, to cushion the effects of the current economic challenges on learners and their parents.

Governor Dapo Abiodun had announced it in February as part of the state’s palliative measures whereby each student of Ogun State origin is entitled to N50,000 cash from the state government.

Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, said the cash award is for students in public and private tertiary institutions.

Arigbabu also said that the state government is targeting 10,000 indigent students in public primary and secondary schools in the three senatorial districts to get N10,000 cash too.

Meanwhile, some students who spoke to journalists confirmed receiving the N50,000, even as they showered encomium on the governor for the gesture.

Aminat Asaye, Tomiwa Iteoluwa (HND 2, Mass Communication), Ogunjobi and Olujomehin Ebudola (HND 2, Accountancy) and Rokeeb Ayinla (ND 2, Marketing), all of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, appreciated Governor Abiodun for the gesture, saying the money will go a long way in their educational pursuits as beneficiaries.

Also expressing their gratitude to the governor, Adebayo Farouq and Olatinuke Olajumoke (HND 2, Computer Science), and Liadi Israel (ND 2, Computer Science), of D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, said that the cash awards would cater for their projects and support the part payment of their tuition fees.

Adewale Oyenekan, Rebecca Akinfenwa, Leduwe Ayomide, Toheeb Adesina, and David Dosunmu of the Federal College of Education, Osiele, described Governor Abiodun as compassionate, tender-hearted, generous and student-loving father, saying the money received was an indication of his passion for individual prosperity for the citizens of the state.

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