From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
The Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressives Union(IEDPU), Central zone
at the weekend awarded bursary to 120 indigent students in Ilorin Emirate.
The event was the first phase of the IEDPU’s bursary scheme with a total budget of N2million.
The sum of N1million was distributed to indigent final year students of secondary schools and tertiary institutions to help them finance their project works or pay SSCE fees.
Speaking at the event, IEDPU National President, Alhaji AbdulHamid Adi, said the union has earmarked N3million for educational development of the Emirate.
He said the sum of N1million was distributed to five community schools owned by the union as grant in aid to improve their infrastructure.
“The remaining sum of N2 million was allocated to the four zones of the union to be distributed as bursary to indigent students in their areas of jurisdiction,” he stated.
He said they embarked on the scheme because of their conviction that “a well educated child through an enabling environment will not get involved in criminality and cultism, which is seriously affecting the age-long peace and harmony in our community.
The chairman of IEDPU, Central zone, Alhaji M. B Olohundare, thanked the parent body for magnanimously released N2 million for the bursary award.
He said out of 120 students that applied for the bursary,”120 candidates were certified to qualify for the exercise and they are the beneficiaries today.”