…Takes over payment of school and WEAC fees; makes cash and writing materials donations
The Osinbajo Grassroots Organisation (OGO) has put smiles on the faces of students of Alasagba Community High School, Igbara-Oke and Ikeji-Arakeji Grammar School, in Ondo and Osun states respectively, when it paid unscheduled visit to the South West schools on Thursday.
The visit was part of the ongoing donation of educational materials to students of public schools across the nation by the organisation. The exercise was kick-started recently in Nasarawa and Niger states in the North-central geopolitical zone.
At Alasagba Community High School, Igbara-Oke, Adedokun Sakirat, a Senior Secondary School (SS3) student drew the attention of OGO’s National Convener, Mr. Sylvanus Foluso Ojo for her brilliance after answering a question about Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Mr. Ojo thereafter surprised the indigent student with the offer to pay her pending school, and West African Examination Council (WAEC) fees, after going home with a Twenty Thousand Naira (N20, 000) donation.
This left the staff and students dumbfounded as Adedokun was unable to pay her school fees before then, and uncertain of writing her WAEC due to her parents’ financial inability.
“This group actually came because of this girl, because we doubted if she was going to write WAEC due to the financial status of her parents,” the Vice Principal of the school, Mr. Akintoye, S.A. admitted while responding to the surprise development.
Astonished by the development, one of the visibly overwhelmed teachers who could not hide her emotions prayed, “As God used this organisation from nowhere to assist this almost hopeless girl; may this same God use himself for Prof Osinbajo in any areas he needs God.”
The group also visited Ikeji-Arakeji Grammar School, Osun State where a year-two Junior Secondary School (JSS2) student, Adebayo Yesirat also went home with Twenty-thousand Naira (N20, 000) for brilliantly answering a question about the Vice President.
Addressing the students of both schools, the Convener stated that the visit was not politically inspired; he stated that as admirers of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the OGO is spreading messages about his impressive leadership qualities evident in his humility, loyalty, professionalism, competence and patriotism which he wants growing Nigerians to imbibe for nation building.
“The Vice President has laid exemplary leadership template by being a loyal deputy to President Muhammadu Buhari; a University professor, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) as a lawyer; a responsible dad and husband at home. We also want you to be that successful, this is why we are visiting you, so that you also can go as far as you want in life, but first, take your education very serious,” the OGO leader charged.
Writing materials were distributed to every student in both schools, and the recipients expressed delight on the donations, as many of them claimed not to have enough of those materials prior to the visit.
The beneficiaries further expressed gratitude to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the organisation for the kind gesture and for ‘remembering us in these local areas,’ and pledged to imbibe those qualities and emulate the VP as their mentor.
Ojo promised that the organisation will continue with the initiative, saying although they may not be so much, but was optimistic that many students will have their faith in the nation and their future rekindled through the little show of love.
He promised that more states will benefit from the educational outreach and other interventions by the Osinbajo Grassroots Organisation in the nearest future.