A total of one million Nigerians are set to benefit from Professor Christopher Imumolen’s sponsored scholarships and agricultural loans/grants scheme before February 2023.
Imumolen, Accord Party (AP) presidential candidate, explained that the awards were in line with his promise to back his campaigns with actions, rather than with mere rhetorics.
The youngest flagbearer said he would show practical examples of what he’d do if elected as Nigeria’s president by embarking on a campaign that offered solutions to the myriad of problems citizens face.
Imumolen expressed commitment to making a sharp departure from the ugly past where politicians made promises that they usually reneged on when they got into the corridors of power.
The philanthropist said 500,000 students would get degree scholarships while the same number of farmers would get loans and grants to support their agricultural ventures.
“We have concluded plans to award a new set of students and farmers scholarships and loans to facilitate both their academic and agricultural activities”, he disclosed in a statement at the weekend.
“The gesture is in line with our promise that we shall prosecute a result-oriented campaigns where our people will feel our impact, as well as get a foretaste of what it would look like if I become Nigeria’s president come 2023.
“Besides, we would be using these humanitarian gestures to tell Nigerians that we are a new breed of politicians who are pragmatic in our approach to solving their problems than making mere promises that are seldom kept.
“What we are doing is not new. It has always been in our DNA to reach out and touch lives in a positive way over the years.
“In the last 15 years, we have affected more lives in our private capacity than even some government agencies with humongous sums of money as yearly budgets.
“In over a decade and half, over 500,000 students have been supported with funds to run their education in several tertiary institutions in Nigeria up till graduation.
“And the interesting part of the story is, we didn’t do these things because we expected to be rewarded or foresaw taking part in any presidential elections.
“The same thing we’ll be doing for our farmers who have also been given loans and grants to run their agricultural activities.
“We have also empowered many women and youths in the area of skill acquisition and loans for small and medium scale enterprises (SME’s),” he said.
Professor Imumolen’s latest gesture follows the one he did in Kabba (Kogi State), and Sango Otta (Ogun State) recently where over 4,000 students benefitted from his scholarship programme.
In Kabba, each of the 2,000 students pocketed a princely N2million to run their educational programmes all through graduation.
Lucky beneficiaries of the upcoming exercise, he says, would get their scholarships and loans before February, the month the presidential poll will be held.