A non-governmental organisation (NGO), FOMAF Project 70 has offered 18 indigent students scholarships in Lagos State.
At a ceremony held in Lagos yesterday, InterGuide Academy whose initiative was the scholarships gave certificates to the indigent students.
According to Judith Rhodes-Vivour, the Coordinator of the project, the beneficiaries were drawn from different areas in the state.
Eight of the beneficiaries were undergraduates, an additional eight in Junior Secondary School (JSS) and another two in the Senior Secondary School (SSS).
Speaking at the event, Dr Gbenga Olowo, the Founder of FOMAF Project 70, recalled his humble beginning, which he said never deterred him but helped him to be focused and face life thoroughly.
He said that the scholarship was to help the indigent children to attain their goals and admonished them to always put God first in all they do, while urging them to be focused and show dedication to their studies.
He added: “The scholarship programme has been on since I turned 70 last year and this is the second scholarship award. Last year’s 25 scholarships were awarded. This year we are giving out 18. It is by the grace of God. If you say you love God and you serve God, you must love people.
“Everybody’s life needs a destiny helper. Because the way I came into life, jumping from one house to the other, people helping my parents to nurture me makes me who I am today.
“Like you heard in my statement that His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife will recognise the son of a wretched man like me to be put in the hall of fame. That can only happen by the hand of God. That inspired me when I turned 70 almost two years ago. I decided that people will climb through me wherever God has destined them to be and that is what propelled me.”