The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and the Yomi Otubela Foundation (YOF) have awarded scholarship worth N30 million to six secondary school pupils.
The beneficiaries, who were selected from Lagos, Oyo and Ondo states, will be sponsored to the university level.
Speaking during the presentation of cheques to the beneficiaries at his palace in Ile-Ife on Wednesday, the monarch urged more philanthropists to assist indigent pupils to receive quality education.
According to him, quality education is the bedrock of economic and political development of any nation.
He stressed that crime rates will reduce if more youths were presented with opportunities to access quality education.
He said, “Education is very important. What we are doing today is a very good thing which I encourage everybody to engage in. You don’t have to be a millionaire before you sponsor the education of an indigent pupil.
“Some of these youths who engage in social vices wanted to be educated but they probably did not have the opportunity to do so. I believe that the number of the youths involved in crime will reduce drastically if we can assist them.’’
In his address, the YOF founder, Chief Yomi Otubela, said the scholarship would expose the beneficiaries to quality education in an ideal setting, adding that this would equip them to be useful members of the society.
Otubela said, “We have been doing this in the last six years. We discovered that the Ooni is doing a great job in terms of human development and that is why we decided to partner him.
“For Kabiyesi and our foundation, we are giving N30m worth of scholarship. We are aware that the beneficiaries will be able to replicate this gesture in the future. The scholarship will cover tuition, feeding and everything they need.”