Admitted candidates with the highest scores in Bimbo Adekambi Free UTME and Scholarship Programme have been formally incorporated into the Bimbo Adekambi Scholarship Programme.
Adekambi, a former Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Planning in the state revealed that his aim was to position diligent and brilliant students for the future.
Not less than 300 students have been part of the legendary programme since 2019. Over 70 percent have come out in flying colour. COVID-19 impacted adversely, as it hindered Nigerian students from gaining admission.
Two of the best students from Ibadan North East and Ona Ara Local government areas respectively, with due admission into their federal universities got the cash to see to all their educational needs.
While giving the money, the former Commissioner said the benefiting students must remain focussed, as they also set high personal and academic standards.
The 2023 Oyo south senatorial hopeful implored them to settle for nothing less than their very best.
“In 2019, we rolled out over 300 JAMB forms for indigent but brilliant students to encourage them and assist their parents financially. We had promised to give scholarship to each candidate that secured admission into federal university of choice with highest score in all the local governments in Ibadan and Oyo. Now we have started to fulfill the promise we made in 2019.
“Two out of the expected students with highest scores have secured admission and we are here to give them money that will cover their first year academic session. We are still expecting others to come with their admission letter as from next week. We are going to pay their academic bills till they graduate. We have given out free UTME forms last year too (2020) and over 400 candidates benefited but because of the mass failure in JAMB, we have less than 40 per cent who passed.
One Taofeek Abdulbaseet Adesola who gained admission into the University of Ibadan appreciated Adekambi on getting the cash with which she can foot her educational bill for 2021/2022 Academic session. He also assured his benefactor of excellent performance.
Another beneficiary, Surajudeen Ibrahim Abiola 21, from Ona Ara local government who was admitted to study computer science engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Akure thanked Bimbo Adekanmbi for the promise kept.
Abiola, who scored 267 in UTME score and 76 per cent in Post-UTME, explained that “I thank God and ex-commissioner, Bimbo Adekanmbi for this opportunity. He has lifted when I thought it was impossible and over for me to get education. I had lost my father in 2013 and my mother had to work day and night to take care of us,” Ibrahim stated.
His mother Mrs Basirat Surajdeen also thanked Adekanmbi for the opportunity given to his son, promising never to take the opportunity for granted.