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The Yomi Otubela Foundation (YOF) has called for entries for its 2018 scholarship examination billed to hold on March 24.Addressing reporters at the Lagooz School, Agege, Chairman of the Foundation, Chief Yomi Otubela, said its website would be opened for registration for the two-stage examination till March 20.He recommended early registration for the examination to avoid ‘unnecessary rush’ which could lead to incorrect data input by students. The website address is www.yomiotubelafoundation.org.
     
At the end of the 2017 scholarship exercise, which had over 200 applicants, Otubela said the foundation awarded scholarships to seven students. They included Lawal Faridat, Quasim Umar, Precious Olawuni, Oladele Love,Adekunle Mary, Lawrence Israel and Usman Basirat. The beneficiaries cut across the three stages of education.
   
The program is a full scholarship and it is opened to indigent but brilliant students only.Otubela, in his address tasked the government to expand the number of schools and enjoined them to make basic education free for all. He lamented the high rate of private schools in the country stressing that this was caused by the attitude of the government towards education.
   
“Government should pay more attention to the training of the young ones because any country that fails to educate and equip the young ones is gradually destroying its future.
   
“It is our hope that government will pay attention to education especially giving them basic education at no cost. The number of the schools should be increased to accommodate more children.
     
“It is the failure of government’s ability to provide education that has given rise to the establishment of private schools which has turned to business. Ordinarily, schooling has nothing to do with business; it is supposed to be for a few who are buoyant financially. Interestingly, there are private schools that charges as low as N5,000 per term, which is about N15, 000 per annum. This is as a result of the failure of the system.


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