A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Abiodun Tobun gave out N3 million worth of General Certificate on Education (GCE) forms to about two hundred indigent students in Epe Constituency I, saying “education remains the bedrock of any development.”
The official distribution of the CD plates through which the students would access the forms and would subsequently collect the registration PIN took place at Epe Local Government, Epe over the weekend.
According to the lawmaker, the distribution was also tailored towards the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode’s programme on developing the youth educationally, adding that “the distribution of the forms is also in commemoration of the Governor’s birthday.”
The event was attended by Epe Local Government Sole Administrator, Olu Ogunniyi, All Progressives Congress (APC)’s chairmanship candidate for the forthcoming council election, Adedoyin Hasan, the party chairman in the local government, Kehinde Adeniyi, party chieftains, spiritual and royal fathers among others.
The lawmaker who disclosed that he had recently distributed JAMB forms to some candidates in the xonstituency but it was later gathered some of the candidates did not have O’ level results.
“Initially, I have distributed about 120 JAMB forms. Some of the youth passed very well, we later discovered that some did not have thier O’ level. Some also approached me, saying they need GCE forms. So I feel this is a way to let the youth grow. They will be able to help their parents when they eventually graduate.
“The knowledge that we acquired is what is helping us today. So we will continue to do more- to impact on the youth. Today, we distribute about 130 forms but I am sure by next month the number will increase,” Tobun said.
The lawmaker who is the Chairman House committee on Works in the House hinted that “our vision is to make our youth to be more productive so that they will move the Community to the next level I’m collaboration with our leaders.”
He further explained that in the selection process, the students were chosen on merit as he did not know anyone of them personally, adding that “if I give you food items, money, I might not as happy as what is happening today.”
In his welcome address, the Sole Administrator, Ogunniyi expressed satisfaction over the lawmaker’s initiative, saying he had demonstrated worthiness as a true representative of Epe.
Ogunniyi stated that the kind gesture of giving out forms to the youth in the community free of charge was an appropriate step that was worthy of emulation.
Some of the beneficireis who spoke during interviews stated that Hon Tobun had greatly impacted on their educational pursuits.
While commending the lawmaker, Habeeb Olayinka said he had already finished his OND but he needed GCE to augmnet his O’ level for his HND programme.
Also speaking, Oyekanbi Oluwadamilola who had just finished her secondary school said that she was able to get the form through her father, adding that she wrote the last Unified Tertiary Examination but she needed a credit pass in Physics.
She thanked the lawmaker for the support, saying that would help her to fulfil her dream of gaining admission in a school of nursing.
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