The World Bishops’ Council (WBC) spokesman in Africa, Bishop Seun Adeoye has lauded the Group Chairman, Mutual Benefits Assurance, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi for his decision to give scholarship award to the only son of late journalist, Iyabode Olusola-Dada who died last Thursday after a protracted illness.
Mrs. Olusola-Dada, a former reporter with the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) was until her death, a media officer with the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Dr. Ogunbiyi had during his declaration on Tuesday, May 29 to contest the September 22, 2018 governorship election under the platform of PDP announced that he will grant the late journalist’s son, 11 years old Oluwaseyi scholarship awards from primary school to university level.
In a statement issued in Osogbo on Thursday, May 31, 2018, the General Overseer of Sufficient Grace and Truth Ministry (SGTM), Okinni, Osun State explained that this gesture was a welcome development, saying as a former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mrs. Olusola-Dada was a useful asset to the union from the state to the national level.
“I read about this scholarship commitment for young Oluwaseyi from Dr. Ogunbiyi. I also heard that the scholarship offer was not a vote-catching gesture as he had in the last ten years been offering scholarship awards worth N50million annually to indigent students, so I am overwhelmed by this development.
“That the award of scholarship took immediate effect with Dr. Ogunbiyi’s party and the sister of the deceased already commissioned to manage the funds is a clear indication that it was not just a mere promise. So, I thank the donour for all. He should be assured of our prayers.
“As a former Chairman of Osun council’s of NUJ, I can affirm that Mrs. Olusola-Dada was a committed journalist who at various times won the council’s awards and she also contributed her quota to the growth of the union”.
Bishop Adeoye therefore commiserated with her family, the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and the NUJ in the state over the untimely death of one of them.