ABOUT 20 indigent secondary school students have been slated to benefit from the N50 million Ojaja Education Initiative scholarship scheme instituted by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeue Eniitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II).
Making the disclosure on Wednesday evening during a chat with journalists in his palace, Oba Ogunwusi said the target of the schorlaship scheme was to reach the unreachable and the underprivileged students in the society.
He called on wealthy Nigerians, corporate entities and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to come to the aid of poor and intelligent students, who desired to pursue their educational programmes, but lack financial resources.
Earlier, the programme director of Ojaja Education Initiative (OEI), Mr Olojede Ayobami, observed that Oba Ogunwusi felt the urge to get engaged in providing access to quality education to less privileged and vulnerable children from lower socio-economic background.
According to him, the N50m. scholarship award which is critical to the Ojaja Education Initiative was aimed at not only assisting the less privileged citizens of the South West but to promote unity and good relationship amongst secondary school students and South West people in general.
On the eligibility of students for the scholarship scheme, Ayobami maintained that participants must be in SS3 of any government-owned secondary school in the South West, stressing that free registration online for the scheme will commence in January, 2018.
The competition that is expected to be held in phases involve registration online in the six Southwest states, physical qualification where the best five competitors wll emerge from each state and the final phase will produce the 20 scholarship winners.
Ayobami disclosed that the competition that will be digital based quiz will focus testing student’s intelligence, speed, power of focus and it involve test in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English, Account, Economics, Government, Mathematics and Current Affairs.