Scholarships have been awarded to indigent but brilliant students spread across universities and other tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The scholarships were awarded by an educational foundation, Imole Noble Educational Foundation (INEF).
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Thirty students benefited from the maiden edition of the exercise, which was the brainchild of late philanthropist Alhaja Ramota Olatunde Adejonwo who died in September 2017.
At the presentation of the award in Lagos, a member of the board of trustees of the foundation, Dame Gladys Simplice, said the award was instituted to reward and encourage children from humble backgrounds to excel.
Simplice, who was the 14th president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and member of the Alhaja Adejonwo family, said it was the wish of the initiator to spread the scholarship award across the country without any primordial consideration.
The Chairman of INEF Board of Trustees, Chief Richard Chukwunenye Okafor, who gave further details on the scholarship programme, said the beneficiaries would enjoy it throughout their undergraduate programmes.
He said plans are on to increase the number of beneficiaries in subsequent years.
One of the beneficiaries, Ibrahim Mahmood Olaide, a 200L student of Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, described his selection as “an awesome experience.”
He thanked the sponsor and the administrators of the programme “for bestowing in us this generous opportunity.”