The Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC)  on Thursday disbursed N230 million to 5,227 students in oil producing communities  under its  2014/2015 bursary and scholarship scheme.

Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu
Ondo State Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

The Chairman of  OSOPADEC, Mr Gbenga Edema, said that the initiative  was to celebrate the students who were in various tertiary institutions across the country.

“This is the first time in many years when our students will collect their scholarship without any rancour,’’ he added.

Edema, however,  said that for any student to benefit from subsequent scholarship award, the  CGPA must be 2.1 upward.

The chairman also  called on the state government to improve on the welfare of the workers in the commission to ensure efficient service delivery.

Ondo State First Lady, Mrs Betty Akeredolu
Ondo State First Lady, Mrs Betty Akeredolu

The wife of the governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, reiterated her  husband’s commitment to the payment of bursary.

She assured the students that the present government would continue to encourage and improve  on the educational system, urging them to take their studies seriously.

Mr Bello Kindom and Mrs Omosewone Olajumoke, both beneficiaries of  the scheme, lauded the state government and the commission for the gesture.

They promised that  the money would be judiciously used to enhance their educational career.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among the beneficiaries were  36 PhD and 104 M.sc  degree students  benefitted.

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