A lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Offa (OFFA POLY) in Kwara State, Mr. Jimoh Olorede, has been presented with an Hyundai Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and $3,000 as reward for making life better for the downtrodden. He was honoured by Helping Hands International, a non-governmental organisation. KAZEEM YEKEEN (HND II Mass Communication) reports.
When he resumed for work penultimate Thursday, Mr Jimoh Olorede, a lecturer at the Mass Communication Department of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa (OFFA POLY) in Kwara State, never knew he would return home with some “precious gifts”.
Moments before noon, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) Helping Hands International (H2i), which Olorede joined in 2014 as volunteer, visited the school to present him a brand new Hyundai Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). He got the SUV for volunteering to participate in the organisation’s activities.
Olorede was full of smiles as he received the key to the SUV and a $3,000 cheque at a ceremony held at ODU Hall. The event also featured presentation of award to all best students of the polytechnic.
At the ceremony where the SUV and cash were presented to Olorede was the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdulrasheed Ojaja, who led his chiefs to the ceremony. Others dignitaries included H2i ambassadors, Obionna Ngoka and Ezechukwu Ifeoma, Head of Mass Communication Department, Mr David Oloyede, lecturers and students.
Olorede described the gifts as ‘precious’, saying he never expected he would be rewarded for his selfless engagement with the NGO.
He said: “I am the happiest man today. I never expected these rewards. I had joined the organisation as a volunteer in 2014 out of the desire to give back to the less privileged and the downtrodden.
I became the leader of the NGO, representing Kwara State. Through my activities, I have empowered people, especially the less privileged and widows.”
Olorede said he joined the NGO with the intention to give back to the society, having got scholarship all through his academic career.
He said: “I have benefited from scholarship all my life. Since I started studying from National Diploma (ND) to Master’s level, I received scholarship offered by people, who did not know me.
I am presently studying for my PhD and it is through scholarship. I didn’t know my selfless activities would be rewarded this way.
“I joined the organisation like every other person and went through stages. There is no membership fee for anyone who wants to join, except a donation of $40. When I joined the NGO, the exchange rate was fair and anyone could afford it. It was N6,600 after the conversion. Despite the higher exchange rate, the NGO did not change the fee in local currency.”
The NGO, in its letter to the Rector, Dr Abdulateef Olatunji, said it would pay the tuition and hostel fees of the school’s best students. The organisation requested the school to forward certificate of evidence for the scholarship.
Some of the best students, who benefited from the award included Nusirat Adeleye in HND II Food Technology, Fisayo Aderibigbe in HND II Mass Communication, Abdulahi Lawal in HND II Mechanical Engineering, Seyi Adesanya in Accountancy and Damilare Ajiboye in HND II Quantity Surveying.
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