The Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA), has awarded scholarships to 105 students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife worth N8,075,000.00.
The National President, UNIFEMGA, Engr Abdul-Fattah Olanlege made the disclosure during the National Reunion Conference 2022, on Saturday, at Oduduwa Hall, OAU, Ile-Ife.
The theme was “Involvement of Nigerian Muslims Towards a Successful Outcome of the 2023 General Election.”
Olanlege said that the association had disbursed a total of N8,075,000.00 in scholarships to 105 students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife for the 2022 academic session.
He thanked God for His mercy that has seen them to another year full of more memories and welcomed all and sundry to the auspicious occasion.
According to him, the scholarship education committee has also instituted quarterly mentoring lectures for their students and younger graduates to help them prepare for a great career start-up.
He added that the union had also launched an aggressive effort to raise their scholarship endowment fund investment to greater than N50 million to ensure sustainability of the program particularly for the indigent.
According to him, some work to resolve internal structural issues like, Secretariat (physical & virtual), public relations, website and SMH among others, has also been done.
He noted that national challenges remain unchanged because everyone worships money and would do anything for money.
A Professor of Islamic Eschatology, currently lecturing at the Lagos State University, (LASU), who doubled as Guest Lecturer, Prof Lakin Akintola, spoke on the topic: “Politics, Governance and the Muslim Elite.”
Akintola said that Nigerian politics after independence has brought confusion to the citizenry, as the people are not enjoying the dividends of democracy as it ought to be.
He added that people considered politics a dirty game, stressing that everybody plays politics at every aspect of life – private, public, group, organisation, institutions as well as family.
Akintola admonished Muslims to participate in politics, saying that it is where the welfare of the citizenry is determined.
He reaffirmed that bad people come into power, when good people refuse to participate in politics, saying no wonder Nigerians pay for water, electricity, shelter and higher standard of living without enjoying them.
Gov Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun commended UNIFEMGA for their gesture towards assisting the less privileged educationally, saying these would be reciprocated when they attain higher status in life, stressing that history would not forget them.
Oyetola, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Alhaji Jamiu Olawumi, said that the present administration is trying its best in every sector and urged other unions to emulate UNIFEMGA, saying that government alone cannot do it.