Twenty-eight years after scholarships were last awarded in Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday presented scholarship awards worth N100m to some indigent students of the state.
The governor said the scholarships that were presented at the House of Chiefs, was for year 2011/2012.
The beneficiaries of the bursary/scholarship awards were final year students of universities and polytechnics and post-graduate students from tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad as well as those from colleges of aviation.
The governor, while presenting the cheque, described the occasion as memorable, saying it was the first time that bursary awards would be given to students in the state in the last 28 years.
He said, “Without mincing words, no nation can hope to make any meaningful progress without sound and qualitative education. Martin Luther King posited that if you want to keep a man in perpetual slavery, do not give him education.
“It is with this premise in mind that the state government, under the present administration, has always made the education of our children a high priority.
“We have touched every local government area with meaningful and pupil-oriented projects.”