Philanthropist urges more investment in education
Chief Executive Officer, Big Church Foundation, Dr Olakunle Churchill, has called for more investment in the education sector. Churchill made the call when he hosted some beneficiaries of his education support scheme.
He said the organisation is not looking back on its target to empower about 500 students every year, pointing out that the initiative is extended to students at the primary, secondary and university levels.
So far, Churchill said over 4,000 students have benefited from the scheme.
He said: “At times, we don’t meet up with the target. This depends on the money we have on the ground because we are also into other projects to uplift people from their predicaments.
“Education is the bedrock of development of any society and any nation that fails to pay attention to educating and investing in its citizens will pay dearly for it.
“Because I understand what it means to be educated, I founded the Churchill Foundation, which is the non-profit arm of the Churchill Group in 2017, not only to give back to the society but to also help less-privileged Nigerians to get education in order to become leaders suitable to lead the country, represent Africa at any level and impact the world positively.
“I am also using this opportunity to call on the government to invest in education and create jobs for our youths, this will ensure that the brilliant minds stay in the country and contribute to its growth.
Reacting, one of the beneficiaries, Faith Peace Nnajiofor, who just graduated from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), said her studies would have been truncated if the scholarship didn’t come her way in 2018.
Nnajiofor, who graduated from the Department of Educational Foundation (Guidance and Counselling), said she lost her father while she was in her third year. She confessed that it was a turbulent time for her and her family.
She said it would have been a devastating blow on her, especially as her chances of completing her degree became slimmer due to a lack of finance and support from other sources.
According to her, she became a beneficiary after a random pick from the selection process at the university, recalling that it was one of her greatest moments in life.
“The scholarship covered tuition and other development levies from 300-level till I graduated,” she added.