Okorocha to Build Tuition-Free School in Otun-Ekiti


The former governor of Imo State and Proprietor of Rochas Okorocha Foundation, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has expressed the interest of the foundation to establish tuition-free primary and secondary schools in Otun-Ekiti, Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The senator representing Imo West senatorial district in the National Assembly who was represented by Prince Ebunola Martins spoke in Otun-Ekiti during a press briefing heralding activities for the first coronation anniversary of His Royal Majesty Oba Adekunle Adebayo Adeagbo, the Oore of Otun-Ekiti, on the throne of his forebears.

Okorocha commended the monarch for being patriotic, saying “The foundation will have a school here. Some of the Scholarships given by him (Okorocha) cut across Nigeria, it has no political and ethnic colourations.

“The foundation has about 5,000 Yoruba students and 25,000 children across Africa. His scholarship is total, it includes feeding, clothing and payment of tuitions and that is the message of hope that we are bringing to this town.

“Whoever gets Chief Rochas Okorocha’s scholarship will benefit from all these. Indeed, Chief Okorocha has been doing this and it is clearly unbelievable, the man should be celebrated.”

The chairman of the coronation anniversary committee and former Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bayo Aina commended Oba Adeagbo for ushering development to the town in the last 12 months in the areas of infrastructure development, education, youth employment and empowerment.

The former Commissioner called on the state government to site an institution of higher learning in the town, while also wooing private investors in the area of education to exploit the opportunities of lands and hospitality that abound in the community and site their businesses in Otun.

He said: “The agenda of all of us is to attract an institution of higher learning here. We sent a delegation to the Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye where they told him that a State Polytechnic should be sited here. We are ready to provide the lands for public or private investors that exploit this opportunity.”

To mark the anniversary, Aina disclosed that Oba Adeagbo would bestow the title of Fiwajoye of Mobaland on the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi.

“The monarch will also honour the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and former Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha. This shows how cosmopolitan our Oba is. He believed in one Nigeria.

“Some indigenes, who have done creditably well in the fields of Medicine, Engineering, Law and other professions will be honoured. We want to develop our people and build a good future for our community,” he said.

By ‘Yomi Ayeleso, Nigerian Tribune

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