A 13-year-old Senior Secondary School student, Master David Danbaba, has bagged a scholarship that will see him through his university education.
Danbaba clinched the enviable prize when the young lad heeded a call by the school authority to join in the Tree Planting Project organised by a non-governmental organisation, JAM Intervention for Vulnerable Children and Climate Change Initiative, (JAM- Initiative) on October 1, 2021.
Speaking during the award ceremony, the acting secretary, Education Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr. Abdulrasak Leramo, congratulated the recipient and urged him to make the best of the opportunity and work hard towards a better future for himself and the society.
Represented by the deputy director, school services, education secretariat, Mr. Mohammed Gupa, Leramo thanked JAM- Initiative and Pegi Development Association for the laudable project.
“This shows that you consider children [to be] the future of this great nation and you are contributing in no small measure to the growth of Nigeria,” he added.
Earlier, the JAM-Initiative president, Mrs. Josie Mudasiru, said after the tree-planting exercise to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st Independence, some videos of the event went viral and a philanthropist, Barr. Angus McAngus, a UK-based lawyer and environmentalist, saw the video in which the youngster answered a question on climate change and decided to offer him a scholarship.
Mudasiru pointed out that, although it is David’s turn now, other students who continue to work hard and give back to society in whatever they can, will have their turn someday.
In a video call with McAngus, he said he was moved by what he saw and decided to be the lad’s benefactor.
McAngus encouraged other students to be hardworking, as he lauded the leadership of the Pegi community, led by Aderibegbe Isaac Taiwo and the NGO on the good work in trying to ensure development in the community.
The school principal, Mr. Kelly Asemota, said he was glad such an event took place in the school, as it would boost the morale of other students and show that obedience and hard work pays.
Similarly, Danbaba promised not to let everyone down and expressed gratitude to the NGO and McAngus.