Agency sponsors teenager to study overseas
A TRAVEL agency in Ondo State, Cool Global Interlinks, has given back to the society through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by offering a 17-year-old-boy scholarship to study overseas.
At the occasion, which held in Akure last weekend, the chairman of Cool Global Interlinks, Mr. Ismail Oba, noted that it wass high time organisations started giving back to the society and refrained from what they can get from the society.
Ismail said the programme was initiated to serve as a motivation and encouragement to Nigerian students willing to study abroad, but whose parents could not afford the required expenses.
He disclosed, during the maiden edition of the company’s scholarship award scheme, that the agency had sponsored several Nigerian students to study in Cyprus, India and other developed countries in the last five years.
Ismail advised Nigerian students studying abroad to be good ambassadors of the country and ensure that they return to Nigeria after their courses to contribute their quota to national development.
In a brief aptitude test conducted for over 100 candidates for the scholarship and monitored by panelists among the crowd present, a 17-year-old Aiyetola Omogbusi from Ekiti State emerged the winner.
Ismail, as spelt out in the terms of the scholarship, reaffirmed that Cool Global Interlink would 100 percent sponsor Aiyegbusi’s study in Cyprus.
The chairman of the occasion, Muyiwa Ademola, a Nollywood actor, lauded the management of Cool Global Interlinks for initiating such welfare and humanitarian programme.
He said the initiative would afford many Nigerian students, particularly the indigent ones, the opportunity to study abroad and make their dreams come true.
The award winning Nollywood actor, Ademola, urged government at all levels to give education atop-most priority so that Nigerian graduates can be self-reliant and compete favourably with their global contemporaries.
Muyiwa, who also presented the award to the winner, reminisced on how he abandoned education to take up acting as a career at the early stage of his life.
Nevertheless, Muyiwa explained that he later went back to the university for his degree programme when he discovered that the little education he had then could not sustain him or meet up with the challenges of his life.
I graduated almost at a belated stage of my life. I couldn’t further my education when I left secondary school because my parents were not that rich. I later went back to university because of the importance of education.
“I discovered that the little education I had could not sustain me and meet up with the challenges of my life. Education is the key of life and the secret of human success. For you to be somebody in life you must be educated.”
He promised to feature the beneficiary of the award, Aiyebusi, in his next movie, part of which he said would be shot in the United States of America, Ghana and Australia.
PIX STORY: R-L (Muyiwa Ademola, 2nd R, Aiyegbusi and Ismail Oba.)