15 students of the Department of Physics, School of Sciences (SOS) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) have been given academic Excellence and indigent scholarships. The award ceremony which took place on the 6th of March, 2020 at the Physics Department was a give back from Engineer Gbenga Owolabi an alumnus of FUTA who graduated from the Department in 2001.
Speaking at the ceremony the Chairman Renaissance Social Support Initiative Development (RSSDI), Prof. Olamide Ajayi said the good deeds of Engineer Owolabi should be imbibed and practiced by others. He added that 12 students were beneficiary of the award in the first edition held in 2019 while 15 benefited from the second edition. He enjoined the students who applied but could not meet up not to relent but continue to strive harder at improving their grades to be qualified in subsequent editions. He thanked and lauded the effort of Engineer Owolabi and prayed that God continue to strengthen him.
In a remark the Dean, School of Sciences, Prof. A. F. Aiyesanmi thanked Owolabi for his lofty efforts at ensuring the success of Physics Department. Professor Aiyesanmi said it takes a good heart to remember humble beginnings. He congratulated the awardees and reminded them that it’s a challenge for them to do in like manner in future when they find themselves in positions of authority.
Speaking earlier, the donor, Engr. Gbenga Owolabi and initiator of (RSSDI) said no situation in life is insurmountable. He added that no course of study is inconsequential as he initially looked down on his course at his 100 level. He advised them not to limit themselves and told them that what is working for him today is what he learnt from FUTA. According to Engr. Owolabi, Physics as a course is all encompassing because it is related to most Science courses and by so has an edge over every other course. He urged them to be serious with their academics . He congratulated the awardees and expressed optimism that the little given will be put to optimal use.
The recipients of the award are: Rojugbokan Dolapo Alfred, Nnaemekan Nwaju Emmanuel, Olawuwo Tijesuni, Adedeji Johnson Adesoji, Olugboja Kehinde Ayodeji, Olaoluwa Dolapo Idowu, Adelaja Olasantan Ebenezer, Osugbadegan Olamilekan, Michael Stephen Abiodun and Edega Omoghen for the best student category and Adedipe Louss, Ishola Oluwagbemileke, Oamen Simtiat Sharon, Bankole Opeyemi Victor for the category of the indigent students. Responding on behalf of the awardees, Edesa Joel Omoghene thanked the organizers of the initiative for giving them an opportunity of recognition by honouring them. He prayed that God will continue to uplift them in their future endeavours.