Prince Adekanmi Nureni Hammed Foundation (PANH), has awarded scholarships to 20 students of different Secondary Schools and promised to pay for their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Dr Adeoye Olasoji, the Director of the Foundation, made this known at the 2023 May/June WAEC Sponsorship and Scholarship Award programme, held last Wednesday, at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall, Enuwa, Ile-Ife (Ife City).
Olasoji said that the donor, Prince Adekanmi, decided to give the scholarships to the brilliant but underprivileged students in the public schools because of their parental financial constraints.
He added that he and the donor were school mates at Ife Anglican Grammar School, 1988 set, noting that they both suffered a lot before they passed their WAEC examination.
“During our own period, we had parents that could not pay for our WAEC twice, so we did a lot of casual works to sponsor ourselves before we could pass out of secondary School.
“So, this made Prince to determine that no matter how little it may be, he will use all in his capacity to help the less privileged in all ramifications,” he stated.
Dr Akinjide Akintola, the Guest Lecturer, from History Department, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), while congratulating the lucky students also commended the donor of the Scholarships, Prince Adekanmi, for his kind gesture.
Akintola, who spoke on “Education & Role Models in Contemporary Yoruba Society,” said that education is the best legacy parents can give to their children, for a brighter future.
He charged them to seize the opportunity of the Scholarships to work harder to prove themselves worthy to the society so as to encourage the donor.
According to him, the beneficiaries should allow the influence of the role model to impact their lives in other to eschew all forms of immoralities that can ruin their future.
He admonished students to cooperate with their teachers by harkening to their instructions, as they have vital roles to play in their lives.
The Guest Speaker warned students against following the footsteps of unserious students who have no plans for their future, saying some children that came from notable families have no successful stories because they lacked good role models.
Also, the Principal, Ife Anglican Grammar School, Prince Ademola Adefisan, lauded Prince Adekanmi for his kind gesture, saying that he has bought uniforms, school drums and given scholarships to the students of the school.
Adefisan admonished the beneficiaries not to abuse the grace given to them, but to ensure that they come out in flying colours in other not to discourage their Sponsor.
He appealed to the parents to support their children to study well before, during and after their SSCE and UTME examinations, for them not to be disappointments to their donor.
One of the parents of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Idayat Tajudeen, appreciated the Foundation for giving their children the opportunity of the scholarships.
Tajudeen pledged that the beneficiaries would not disappoint Prince Adekanmi and that they would all emulate the Foundation in the nearest future.
In the same vein, Adewumi Ayomide, from Ansarudeen Grammar School, Ifedapo Area, Ile-Ife, who spoke on behalf of others, applauded their helper for deeming it fit to assist them academically.
Ayomide assured their Sponsor that they would strive with all within them to pass all their examinations to show appreciation for his kind gesture.
He prayed for Prince Adekanmi and promised that they would partner with the Foundation in the nearest future to help the needy.