The Founder, JacobRonkeOluwoye Foundation, Dr. Ronke Oluwoye, has identified educational and women empowerment as a tool for transforming lives and infrastructure at the rural level.
Speaking at the inauguration of the foundation in Osogbo, Oluwoye said the foundation was out to award scholarships and bursaries to primary and secondary school students in selected rural communities of Osun.
A statement by JROF quoted Oluwoye as saying students would be chosen from Ejigbo, Telemu, Iwoye and Inisha communities for the maiden edition of the yearly awards.
She added that the scholarships and bursaries to indigent students would assist with tuition, feeding and other educational needs up to tertiary level.
“A distinguished panel is on hand to select genuine indigent students. The panel will recommend their selection to the board of the Foundation, which would ratify,” Oluwoye said.
Oluwoye, who is an American healthcare provider, said JROF was borne out of the check the growing number of school dropouts in rural communities of Osun.
He added that public-spirited philanthropists should shift attention from urban areas to rural communities.
She also called on public and private organisations to make the empowerment of rural people a priority.
“Our rural communities hold so much promise and potential for our national greatness. Our rural communities should be the bedrock of our agricultural sustainability. We must empower rural women to halt rural-urban drift,” Oluwoye said.
The Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, commended JROF founder/Chief Executive Officer, and her husband, Prof Jacob Oluwoye, for initiating the foundation, saying the state government was proud to associate with the laudable project.
Owoeye said, “This is a step in the right direction. The state government is investing heavily in opening up our rural areas because we know the ripple effect this has on the economy.”
Dignitaries present at the event included the Olowu of Telemu, Oba Madojutola Ajiboye; Onisara of Inisa Edoro, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin; Asiwaju of Ejigbo, Chief Atilade Adebowale; Balogun of Iwoye, Chief Emiloju Akande; Deputy Speaker, OSHA, Femi Popoola; Deputy Majority Leader, OSHA, Kunle Akande; and Dr Renike Coker.