Hope seems to be the last thing to lose for students who cannot afford schooling, as the Secretary to Ogun State Government is now ready to launch a scholarship programme for indigent students and other deserving potential students.
The SSG, Mr Tokunbo Talabi disclosed this during the Youth Harvest of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Oru-Ijebu, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the State, as part of his plans for the development and emancipation of youths in the area.
Talabi also added that he is also considering an empowerment programme for the youth, saying he is always favourably disposed to matters affecting them.
The SSG who said “I’m always obliged to contribute and invest in initiatives that will guarantee the social emancipation of our youths and part of what we have, myself and my wife is to begin to sponsor our youths in public schools”
He urged the youth to look beyond white collar jobs that are no longer available adding that “many times our people approach me to assist them to get their children into the public service but the truth is that, no one has the capacity to do that except there are vacancies that have been approved by the Governor for placement. Even at that, there is usually specific number or threshold for such employment. So, I want our youths to begin to think out of the box, evolve ideas and innovations that we can support you on rather than wait for white-collar jobs that limits your horizons.
Talabi advised the youths to rally round one another, consult widely and come up with innovations and ideas that can be support so as to create wealth.
Meanwhile, the Vicar and Archdeacon of the Church, Venerable Olaniyi Alawale in his sermon title “Time to Advance” who made an allusion to Deuteronomy Chapter 6 verse 1, where God told Moses that the children of Israel had stayed too long at a spot, challenged the youth to face their fears, highlighting taking new step, making a turn around and taking bold steps where and when necessary as requisites conditions for making significant advancement in life.