One Year After Winning N690,000 Scholarship, Young Girl Receives Just N60,000
On May 27, 2021, Azeez Suliya, a young girl from the slums of Iju Station and a primary six pupil of Iju Primary School 2 came second during the Felicia Agubata Science Competition and Scholarship For Girls In Primary School (FASCOS), winning N690,000.
The event was organised by The Association Of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), Lagos Chapter.
The Award presentation was held at Vetland School, Agege, where the winners received N690, 000, Education/Trust Scholarship Fund. The three winners were Taiwo Oloyede Sekinat (1st), Azeez Suliya Boluwatife (2nd) and Adeyi Taiwo (3rd).
According to the organisers, the winners will receive the sum of N100,000 each at the beginning of every academic session provided they continue with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related courses.
This scholarship is meant to run for 6 years (JSS1-SS3); i.e 100,000 for each academic session.
However, one year later, Azeez Suliya received only N60,000 despite being in JSS 2 as Station Junior Grammar School and continuing with STEM-related courses.
The Touching Story Of Azeez Suliya
12-year-old Suliya is the daughter of two autistic parents, with the mother working as a maid at different roadside canteens washing plates and fetching water.
The mother, popularly called Iya Misturah (name of her first child) is well known in Iju Station and environs as she also fetches water for residents who pay her stipends for her labour.
The father is also not different. Brother Abbey (Biodun) also takes menial jobs within and outside the community for survival.
Going to school for Suliya has been a challenging task as members of the immediate family are the ones with the burden of ensuring she gets an education, just like her other siblings.
As such, the family was full of joy when she came second at the Felicia Agubata Science Competition and Scholarship For Girls In Primary School and hoped her education throughout secondary school was covered.
However, the hope is gradually fading away.
What happened To Suliya’s N690,000 Scholarship?
IfakoIjaiyeNews spoke with Suliya and she narrated her side of the story.
She said, “My name is Azeez Suliya Boluwatife, a JSS2 student of Station Junior Grammar School.
“In 2021, at Vetland school, I came second at a competition for young girls and received a cheque of N690,000. It was the happiest moment of my life. My mum cried when she heard the story and everybody was happy for me because going to school has been challenging. Sometimes, I only eat once daily. because my parents are autistic.
“When I came second, I was in Primary 6 at Iju Primary School. I don’t know about others but all I got was N60,000 cash (in an envelope) from then till now. I am now in JSS 2 and we still do STEM-related courses.”
Suliya didn’t receive the N100,000 meant for her in JSS1 and now, she’s also due for another N100,000 in JSS2.
She appealed to authorities to come to her aid and ensure she fulfils her potential because education remains the only way to give her parents good life.
What The Organiser Said
Our reporter reached out to Engineer Atinuke, the Financial Secretary of APWEN at the time the competition held for clarification on the matter.
Responding promptly, she confirmed that Suliya is meant to receive N100,000 per session if she continues with the STEM-related courses.
When our reporter further explained that Suliya is currently in JSS 2 and still continuing with STEM-related courses, she apologised and said Suliya should get in touch with her report card and her letter of admission into Iju Station Grammar School.
According to her, they (Suliya and her people) were meant to get back to the organisers when she gained admission into secondary school.
The aunt and a family member of Suliya, however, said they met with some representatives of the education board, with Education Secretary, Ifako –Ijaiye Local Government Education, Hon Adeyemi Olalekan Jongbo, present.
When IfakoIjaiyeNews reached out to Hon Jongbon, he said he wasn’t in the right place to comment and that our reporter should contact the organiser.
Questions from IfakoIjaiyeNews
There are some questions that need immediate answers and they are:
If Suliya is meant to get N100,000 per session for 6 academic sessions (JSS1-SS3), which totals N600,000, the first payment she received should have been 90,000 and not N60,000. This would have brought the total amount to N690,000 as seen in the cheque presented to her.
Secondly, the mix-up (If it could be called that) is also an indictment on the organisers who clearly have no database to track the academic progress of their awardees.
IfakoIjaiyeNews will stay on the story and update the public on the outcome of the matter, whichever way it goes.
Efforts are also being made to track down the two other winners to know if it is the same at their end.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been edited to reflect that Engineer Atinuke, as at the time of the event in 2021 was the Financial Secretary of the Association and not the president as erroneously put. We regret the error.
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Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji Wins Polling Unit For Asiwaju, Other APC Candidates
The honorable Member representing Ifako Ijaiye constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Temitope on Saturday, delivered his polling for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Hon Adewale, who voted at unit 005 Ward 06 (Jagunmolu), won with a wide margin as the candidates of the APC for other positions emerged victorious as well.
Hon Adewale, who is also the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, had campaigned vigorously for Asiwaju, visiting different wards in his constituency and engaging directly with voters.
Speaking after the announcement of results at his polling unit, Hon Adewale urged the people to eschew violence. He reassured them that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be declared winner by INEC and Nigeria will return to the path of greatness.
Below are the results of his polling unit: Ward 06, PU: 005
APC – 90
PDP – 12
LP – 31
APC – 108
PDP – 22
LP – NIL
House of Reps
APC – 100
PDP – 13
LP – 15
2023: Gov. Sanwo-Olu, Adebule Commend Political Strength And Unity In Ifako-Ijaiye (PHOTO)
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Senatorial candidate for Lagos-West Senatorial District, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule have commended residents and political stalwarts of Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro for their show of love, unity, and peace in the state.
Speaking during a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Coalition of Progressive Minds for Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at African Church Primary School Field, Ifako-Ijaiye, Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde said, Ifako-Ijaiye has been pushing stronger for massive votes for Political stalwarts in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Ojokoro LCDA.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the unity of political stalwarts in Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro in what he described as a “huge political strength” and an assured victory for the All Progressives’Congress (APC) in the forthcoming General Elections.
Further speaking, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule stated that she had been a close ally of Ifako-Ijaiye and will surely facilitate more developmental projects to the Local Government and across Lagos-West Senatorial District.
Ifako-Ijaiye News reports that the Executive Chairman of Ojokoro LCDA, Hon. Hameed Idowu Tijani (HID) who spoke on behalf of the two Council Chairmen (Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Ojokoro LCDA) charged the party supporters and residents alike to step up strategies towards canvassing and voting for all candidates of the APC in the forthcoming General Elections.
Speakers at the event charged residents to take the “Renewed Hope” and “Greater Lagos Rising” Mantra to every doorstep.
Other present at the town hall meeting include; Hon. Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo (BAO), APC House of Representatives Candidate; Hon. Adedeji TemiTope Adewale (ATA), APC Candidate for Lagos House of Assembly, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01; Hon. Emmanuel Olotu (Oxygen), APC Candidate for Lagos House of Assembly, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 02 and Hon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi (Deputy DG, Adebule Campaign, Lagos-West).
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Temitope Akinyemi, the convener of Temitope Akinyemi Movement (TAM), will on Thursday, February 2, 2023, empower residents of Ifako-Ijaiye LG as part of his support for Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji (ATA) and Hon Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo (BAO) ahead of the 2023 polls.
The event will hold at the Unity Centre (Ajumose) by 11am.
The programme is a strictly a political one and attendance will be by display of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
According to Temitope Akinyemi, the event is part of drumming support for the two APC candidates from Ifako-Ijaiye as well as campaign for APC’s Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and H.E (Dr) Idiat Adebule.
Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji is a member, Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01 while Hon Olabinjo is contesting to representing Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.
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