138 students benefit from Imumolen N276 million scholarship grant
An Academia, Prof. Christopher Imumolen, has called on well-meaning Nigerians to support the youths, not only in their academic pursuit but also help them to realise their dreams in the area of sports.
He made the call at a ceremony held at the Baptist Academy, Obanikoro.
At the event held in partnership with Nigeria America Football Association (NAFA), Lagos State Ministry of Education, and Lagos State Sports Commission, Imumolen gave scholarships worth N276m to 138 secondary students who emerged the best in the Nigeria Secondary School Flag Off for Football League (NSFFFL).
The league started in May last year and participants of the first four best schools benefitted from the scholarship with each student given N2m. At the event, Green Springs International School, Lekki, in both the male and female categories came first, with Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, male category as the runner-up.
Imumolen, who is the presidential aspirant of the Accord Party, said his belief was that the youth of this generation should be supported to realise their vision, especially in the area of sports.
He also promised to assist in other areas of secondary school sports.
“This tournament is not the first one. We have been doing this for the past fifteen years without making noise and we are just involving the media.
“Apparently, the kind of leader we need in Nigeria is the type that can render assistance, especially, to the young ones who are the future Nigerians for them to achieve their lofty goals.
“If one can do this personally for the past fifteen years, you can be sure that he will do more if he becomes the president of this country.
“In the past, we have fed 200 prisoners, supported them financially, and handled their court cases to free the unlawful detainees among other things,” he said.
Imumolen assured the beneficiaries that their lives would not remain the same as he charged students to take their academics seriously and continue to be involved in extra-curricular activities. He charged parents to encourage their wards to be interested in sports because of inherent financial reward.
A beneficiary, year 5 student of Green Spring International School, Vanessa Anazodo, was excited that her school won the very challenging competition.
Assistant Principal, Green Spring International School, Afolabi Amusa, said the school aside from academic excellence, has always been involved in sports.
Principal, Baptist Academy, Emmanuel Abodunrin, said the students’ dedication motivated them to take the second position despite being the school’s first attempt at such American sports. He described Imumole as a unique Nigerian who if he becomes President, will touch a lot of lives.
Director, Schools Sports, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Oluyomi Oluwasanmi, who represented the Deputy Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Sola Aiyepekun, advised other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate Imumolen.
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