Goodmus Learning Centre, a leading study abroad organisation in Africa has paid the tuition fees of 41 students drawn from different secondary schools in Enugu.
The Chief Executive Officer of the center, Amb. Adekunle Badmus, while presenting cash awards to the students at God Provides Secondary School, Enugu on Monday, said he was inspired by the need to reach out to the less privileged members of the society.
Badmus who is also the convener of Quality but Affordable Education in Africa also said the centre is interested in helping Nigerian students secure admission in tertiary institutions in Turkey where government had subsidised education.
He said: “Today, we are giving local students tuition scholarship courtesy of Goodmus Learning Centre and partners. What we are doing is a concept that came into my spirit years back to look at ways to get back to those that could not pay tuition fees for their wards that was how we came about this programme.
“We tried all we could to reach out to big companies to help us fund this but they did not take us serious. Some of them said we should wait but now we are awarding these students and I can see the happiness in them.
“About 41 students benefitted and and we spent about N1million. What we did was to give back to the less privileged, to help those who want to study abroad but feel that US or Canada is expensive to get quality and affordable education in Turkey.
“Turkey is the second fastest growing economy in the world after China. Education is subsidised in Turkey. We are the number one study abroad agent in Africa because of our transparency. We have strong passion for those who are writing JAMB year in year out without gaining admission.”
On her part, the South East Coordinator, Goodmus Learning Centre, Mrs Chinenye Uwabunkeonye, said the students were selected through an exam conducted in 2017 but due to paucity of funds, they were not able to receive the cash award as planned.
“I feel excited because we wrote the exam in 2017 but when money was not forthcoming, a lot of people mocked me that I brought them to Enugu to extort them.
“But I thank God that today, this promise has been fulfilled. A lot of parents are here to witness it. Some of the students have not paid their school fees and this will go a long way in offsetting their fees.
The Proprietor, God Provides Nursery, Primary and Secondary School, Chief Celestine Aninkwo also expressed happiness at Goodmus’ gesture stating that it will help parents in paying this term’s school fees.
“I am happy with what I saw today. Some people have started saying that we were duped. This is a lift for many of the poor parents. It is a kind gesture from Goodmus Learning Centre.”