The Member representing Yagba Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Leke Abejide, has expended over N183 million on payment of WAEC fees for final year Secondary School students from the constituency.
Abejide who disclosed this at a Media Parley with Journalists said he had consistently paid the WAEC in the last three years to students in his federal constituency.
He said that he was spurred by the legacy of late Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo who saw Education as the best legacy a leader could bequeath his people and went ahead to make it free.
“When you give education to somebody, you have equipped him for life. I remember how I almost lost my opportunity to write WAEC as a result of lack money for registration.
He said that with Education people would be better equipped and empowered to face the challenges of life as a leverage for lifting people out of darkness into light.
Abejide explained that he resolved to pay the WAEC registration fees for students to encourage the growth education in his constituency and as well assuage the burden on parents.
He assured that every child in Yagba Federal Constituency would continue to enjoy his benevolence in the payment of final year examination fees.
The lawmaker who is also the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise said educational support for his constituents remained his lifetime passion and was not likely to stop.
He revealed that before his election, he promised to pay WAEC fees for five years “and people began to withdraw their children from private schools and put them in public schools.
“So, the owners of private schools held a meeting and their President came and pleaded with me to include private schools else their schools would close down and they would lose their business.
“It is on this basis that I decided in the second year to make it cover all final year secondary School students from the Federal Constituency and so far, I have paid out over N183 million in the last three years.
Speaking earlier, Alhaji Adeiza Momoh-Jimoh chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi Council commended the Federal Legislator for deeming it fit to interact with the home-based Journalists.
Momoh-Jimoh commended Abejide’s philanthropic and selfless gestures as well as fulfilling his electioneering campaign promises and assured him of a brighter and rewarding future if he continued.Share this on WhatsApp