The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ondo state chapter has committed to sponsoring the education of 10 indigent students to secondary school level.
This was part of its educational support initiative to assist the less privileged children in the society, whose parents couldn’t afford their basic educational items.
The beneficiaries, were selected from five schools in the remote areas of Ondo state after a visit to the schools and discussion with the Principals, who identified the poorest students.
Aside the 10 students who got scholarship, extra 8 from the selected schools were given customised exercise books.
The schools were, C.A.C Comprehensive school Ijare, Alamo Grammar school Iju-Itaogbolu, Imafon Community High School, Ilu-Abo High School and Aponmu Community High School.
In her address, the Special Adviser to Ondo State governor on Education, Dr. Mrs. Wunmi Ilawole commended the association for the initiative for supporting the government.
According to her, the state government cannot do it alone and expressed the readiness of the government to continue to enlist the effort of Non-Governmental Organisations to assist its educational programmes.
She reiterated the commitment of the current administration to continually renovating schools in order to ensure that children learn in a conducive environment.
On his part, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Donald Ojogo also commended the initiative, noting that the women journalists had really proved to be good mothers who could feel the agony of a child.
Represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Abiodun Alafe, Ojogo urged the leadership of the association not to relent
The National President of NAWOJ, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole lauded the state chapter of the association for going beyond the limit of being the watchdog of the society and include humanitarian service.
Omowole, represented by the National Auditor of the association, Mrs. Olu Jacobs, stated that the gesture to bring succor to the less privileged children didn’t imply that NAWOJ have enough, but a sign of commitment to give back to the society in a little way.
She charged governments at all levels to cultivate the habit of empowering women beyond the distribution of N5,000 and grinding machines, describing such empowerment as ridiculous, and low to train children for many women who were widows, due to the current economic situation of Nigeria.
Earlier in her address, the State Chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs Doris Olumoko explained that the initiative was geared towards ensuring that no student was denied access to a minimum of secondary school education.
She affirmed that it is a continuous programme and the association would monitor the progress of the beneficiaries till they complete secondary school, while charging them to make judicious use of the opportunity.
Other dignitaries at the event who also lauded the initiative and assured of their support, included the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr. Tona Aderoboye, General Manager of NTA Akure, Mr. Segun Ojelade, his counterpart in Radio Nigeria Positive FM, Asiwaju Samson Abiodun, Representative of the Chairman of State Universal Basic Education, Princess Oladunni Odu, Matron of the association, Mrs. Tinu Olowofela, among others.