Tin­ubu do­nates $20,000 to Nige­rian stu­dents in UK

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ibrahim Chonoko, Lon­don

Se­na­tor Oluremi Tin­ubu (APC, La­gos Cen­tral) has do­nated $20,000 (about N320,000) as ‘hard-ship fund’ to Nige­rian stu­dents in the United King­dom.

Se­na­tor Tin­ubu, a for­mer First Lady of La­gos state an­nounced the do­na­tion in Lon­don over the weekend while re­ceiv­ing an award for “out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to ed­u­ca­tion and em­pow­er­ment in Nigeria” be­stowed on her by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Aca­demics, UK (ANAUK).

She said the money was meant to as­sist stu­dents fac­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems in their stud­ies. Qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents would be as­sisted with up to £200 to ame­lio­rate mi­nor prob­lems such as pur­chase of books, ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of ANAUK, Adedamola Aminu, who ex­plained to Daily Trust that modal­i­ties for the fund would be spelt out in due course.

Se­na­tor Tin­ubu, who said she felt emo­tional and hum­bled by the award, urged Nige­ri­ans at home and abroad to join hands to make the coun­try a bet­ter place for all, stress­ing that the prob­lems be­dev­il­ing the coun­try were sur­mount­able.

She how­ever lamented on Nigeria’s grim sta­tis­tics on hu­man de­vel­op­ment in­dex which showed wors­en­ing poverty, crime, cor­rup­tion and un­em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion es­pe­cially among the youth, and warned that leav­ing the prob­lems un­re­solved was a time-bomb.

In his speech, ANAUK pres­i­dent Coun­cilor Adedamola Aminu who is also the act­ing Mayor of Lon­don Bor­ough of Lambeth said the foun­da­tion of ev­ery great na­tion is the ed­u­ca­tion of its youth, and pledged the readi­ness of the as­so­ci­a­tion to sup­port the ef­forts of federal, state, and lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Nigeria in find­ing so­lu­tions to prob­lems af­fect­ing the de­liv­ery of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

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