By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Possibility Specialists Foundation (PSL) has extended its hand of support to the development of education in Ogun State.
The Foundation awarded scholarships to three pupils who emerged victorious from its 2020 School Challenge Quiz and Talent hunt competition.
The three pupils, Taiwo Ewaoluwa and Adeoye Taiwo from Adeola Odutola Elementary School, Ijebu-Ode, came first and second during the grand finale of the quiz-competition held at Ijebu-Ode Grammar School.
They received scholarship awards of N200,000 and N150,000 respectively while Ogunjere Olaoluwa from Tai Solarin University Staff School came third and received N100,000 scholarship award.
Although, these monetary prizes would not be handed over to the pupils but kept in PSL empowerment scheme where for 15 months these pupils will be collecting 20% of their various cash prize monthly for 15 months.
Speaking at the event, the PSL Business Development Officer, Ghomorai Williams Epuamowei, explained that “for instance Taiwo Ewaoluwa with 1st prize of N200,000:00 will collect monthly education empowerment of N37,400 for 15 months totaling N561,000, Adeoye Taiwo with second prize of N150,000:00 will receive monthly education empowerment of N28,000 for 15 months totaling N420,000 while Ogunjere Olaoluwa with third prize of N100,000 will receive N18,700,00 for 15 months making N280,500 within the time frame”.
The winners of the scholarships were also presented with educational tablet worth N28,000 each while solar-powered lamp were given as consolation prizes to all who participated in the competition. There were also winners in the dancing and singing category from Treasure land School, Ijebu-Ode
Epuamowei, disclosed further that PSL core value remained impact lives and operate the principle of ‘donate and get empowered’, saying the foundation has skills to empower Nigerians financially.
According to him, “PSL support funds are meant to activate an empowerment fund in PSL which will be channeled towards the child’s tuition by the way of bursary.
“The monthly empowerment funds will be remitted through the parents or guardian of the beneficiaries or paid directly into the child’s bank account. The qualified pupils are expected to maintain good grades, and high academic standards not less than 70% performance during the quiz”.
PSL leadman, Egona Abraham while addressing the pupils urged them to reciprocate the kind gesture of the foundation by striving for excellence in their studies, saying that the foundation would be proud to further support them in their studies if they work harder.
Egona encouraged them that he was once like them and a old student of Ijebu-Ode Grammar School where the final was held. According to him,they are the future of Nigeria and requires adequate attention to succeed and be great. He assured that PSL will take the exercise to the national level to affect more lives in our country Nigeria.
The proprietress of Trinity Kiddies Academy, Mrs. Helen Okon lauded PSL for its interest in supporting the education sector saying that any organization supporting a cause of education deserved all the accolades because such organisation is interested in pushing for the country’s advancement.
“I love the courage put in by the organisers of this programme. it’s an event to showcase the accountability of our children. it’s also to showcase the ability of the school, what the school has been imparting on the children. Being the first time of hearing about PSL, I can assure you that I want to be a part of the foundation. I want to give back to society”.
In the same vein, President of the Erudyte Global Edutainment and collaborators of the event, Mr ‘Seyi Sowunmi also described the event as one designed for schools in Ijebu-Ode to identify academics champions commending PSL for its thoughtfulness