By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
A total of 25 students at Ona Ara State constituency have benefitted from the empowerment scheme of Honourable Abiodun Fadeyi, the Deputy Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly.
The students got free Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) Form from the lawmaker to enable them to continue their education in tertiary Institution.
Speaking at the programme which took place at STK Hotel, Ogbere tioya, Ona Ara Local Government, Ibadan, Hon. Fadeyi said the gesture was in line with the fulfillment of his electioneering campaign promises.
According to him, he took the steps in order to assist parents in the constituency who could not afford to procure the JAMB form for their wards in this time, adding that plans are on to extend the gesture to others.
The Deputy Speaker who promised reward of academic support for students who score above 200 marks in the University and Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) said there would be proper monitoring before the commencement of the examination to make them come out in flying colours.
He admonished them to observe and follow instructions giving to them especially on UTME guidelines so that they won’t have problems in the course of the exam.
The Deputy Speaker said the 25 candidates were selected from across the 11 wards in Ona Ara adding that the gesture would be extended to others subsequently.
“Make sure you choose schools near to your family and take only approved and accredited courses by the institutions so that you don’t have problems with admission at the end of the day.”
Hon. Fadeyi while calling for the support and cooperation of people of the constituency assured them of his readiness to embark on more empowerment programmes, such that would make them self reliant.
Speaking at the programme, ward 6 and 7 chairmen of the constituency Alhaji Akinade Adeboye and Tiamiyu Akeem commended the efforts and supports of the Deputy Speaker, describing him as a true representative of his people.
They, however, assured him of the support and cooperation of the people of the area.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries of the free JAMB form, Musa Quadri from ward 2 of the constituency thanked the Deputy Speaker for his support assuring him of their support at all times.
The beneficiaries include Ayoola Tobi ward 2, Adeniran Pelumi ward 3, Olaoye Tobilola ward 3, Adejare Sukurat ward 5, Michael Olayinka ward 5, Abubakar Olayinka ward 10. Ramoni Marian ward 10, Akindele Christianah ward 11, Erinle Damilola ward 11, among others.