The Government of Ekiti State led by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Saturday April 25, approved the sum of Twenty-Six Million, four hundred and sixty Naira, for the payment of bursary awards to the account of over two thousand Ekiti students studying across all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
On that same day, a call was put through to the Acting National President of the Federation of Ekiti State Students’ Union (FESSU), Comrade Ewatomi who confirmed this news. This is done in accordance with the Governor’s promise in ameliorating the welfare of the students who hail from the state, regardless of whether they study in the state or not.
It was also gathered that the second phase of the package (the scholarship awards) is still being processed. Exactly two days after the news began to circulate, the disbursement started. It was gathered that as at 4:00pm yesterday, no lesser than a thousand indigent students had received their own share of the money. Each person was paid the sum of ten thousand Naira.
The Federation of Ekiti State students Union (FESSU) is the umbrella body of the students who hail from Ekiti State, with branches in all institutions across Nigeria. The body is responsible for the welfare and conduct of its members on and off campus, while still studying.
This bursary is coming at a time when the country is experiencing an economic downturn, as a result of the novel corona virus. This would go a long way in catering for the needs of the students, who before this outbreak had lamented a delay in the processing of the bursary. Ekiti state is in fact affected by this crisis with five active cases and one death.
Adedoyin, a recipient of this award and student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, described it as a work of God. He said, “I thank God for making the payment come at this time. I have in fact forgotten that I submitted my details for the award. This is a hand of God. At around 3:00pm on Tuesday, I received my own share of the money.” He urged fellow students who have received theirs to stretch out a hand to others who couldn’t receive, as this would help in meeting some needs this trying time.