Over 40 students from the Federal Polytechnic Ede (Department of Building Technology), Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-iwoye (Department of Economics), Ladoke Akintola University, (Department of Economics) Ogbomoso, and Yaba College of Technology (Department of Building Technology), Lagos were all beneficiaries of a multimillion naira sponsorship and mentorship project organised by Samson Soyebi Foundation.
The presentation that took place at the new faculty of science, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State penultimate week had in attendance students, lecturers, and school representatives from the above-mentioned schools, and they all expressed their joy to be beneficiaries.
According to the prime mover of the foundation, Bldr. Samson Olukayode Soyebi, a businessman and serial entrepreneur who is also the CEO of Honeytreat Trade Academy, emphasized the need for government and stakeholders to start taking responsibility while addressing the challenges facing the educational system saying, “I was quite emotional today seeing these students who I have the opportunity to impact to some extent. I have just done very little about what they need to become a successful person in life. Who knows, our little impact could bring about a massive impact in their life eventually. At least we have done something.”
He said, “People do not have a culture of taking responsibility in our society. And It is an epidemic of irresponsibility in leadership from every stratum of leadership in our society which involves family, religion, education, and others. To the glory of God, I live in a society where things seem to work a bit. For instance, if you drive in the UK today, the responsibility of the person driving behind you is on you, but here in Nigeria, that’s not the case.”
“People hit themselves on the road, and nothing happens. Father will have a child and will not take care of the child. Pastors or Imam, rather than calling the congregation’s attention to the ills in the society, all everyone is after is money. Those who have, use the little they have to torment those that do not have rather than pick issues and address them. People must start taking responsibility if our society must achieve our expectations.”
Buttressing his point, he also said, “I’ve seen people who bought millions worth of cars to be driven on broken roads. If we come together and fix those roads, what will happen? We wait on the government to do everything. Government must do scholarships, pay institutions, feed us, and all sorts of. What roles are we playing as individuals to better our society? I believe when we all started taking responsibility for our actions, for our neighbours and our society, maybe our society will become far better.” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Samson Soyebi made it his responsibility to nurture youths into successful leaders. And the vision and mission of the foundation, according to the information gathered, is to expose bright young persons to various opportunities for success through good leadership tutelage, as well as equip them to serve their communities and the world at large as good ambassadors of Nigeria.