BEDC Offers Scholarship, Braille to RUGIPO Visually Impaired Student…moves electricity safety campaign to schools in Owo

BEDC Electricity Plc. (BEDC) as part of its philanthropic gesture demonstrated her com­mit­ment to continually empower and impact lives within its franchise areas has awarded scholarship covering full tuition fees, monthly upkeep allowance as well as presenting a Braille keyboard, lap­top and a recording device to Mr. Israel Ojo Temitope, a visually impaired Higher National Diploma 1 Mass Communication student of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo state.

The presentation which had in at­tendance the BEDC CSR team led by the Chief State Head (BEDC), Ondo and Ekiti states, Mrs. Kunbi Labiyi, Deputy Rector, Academic, Mr. Adegun Olorunwa, Dean of Student Affairs, staff and students of the institution is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives aimed at sup­port­ing the vis­ually im­paired student  de­velop skills, im­prove his ed­u­ca­tional sta­tus and gain in­de­pen­dence especially in reading and writing, with a view to assisting him get sound education.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Owo, Mrs. Kunbi Labiyi said, aside the primary responsibility of distributing electricity services to its customers across its coverage areas, BEDC sees the CSR initiative as a veritable tool through which the society can be impacted positively and made a better place for everyone to live in.

According to Mrs. Labiyi, the donation is aimed at restoring hope, providing adequate learning tools that are suited for the student’s special needs, preparing him for easy integration into the society and the company is doing everything possible to help him achieve his educational goals in order for him become a better person in life rather than a burden to himself and the society.

‘’The donation we are witnessing today is a culmination of several behind the scene actions that have taken place since when we made formal contact with Israel Ojo Temitope and confirmed that he is indeed a genuine student of this institution of learning. As of today, BEDC has already paid his tuition fees for this current academic session and also credited his account with monetary support that would be enough to cover his feeding and pressing needs in school”.  labiyi said

The Chief State Head, further reaffirmed the company’s position to be responsible for the recipient’s tuition fees and monthly upkeep allowance till he graduates from his course of study in the school.

A visibly elated Temitope Israel could not hide his joy at the hand of fellowship, support and love shown to him, thanked the management of BEDC for coming to his aid.

“I am very grateful to the Management of BEDC for impacting my life positively in a way words cannot describe. Before now, I find it very difficult to cope with my academic study and most especially, taking lecture notes and writing exams as I have to depend on other students to read out loud to me even in exam halls, but with these learning devices, I can now study more conveniently and comfortably. Now I no longer need to worry about how I am going to feed myself”. Temitope said.

In his response, Deputy Rector, Academic of the institution, Mr. Adegun Olorunwa expressed profound gratitude to BEDC for the act of generosity and kindness shown to their student which he said came as a big surprise to everyone of them at the school. “what BEDC has done is one that all corporate bodies in the state and Nigeria as a whole should emulate by touching the lives of people and the society positively which would go a long way in reducing the rising level of insecurity in the country”. he added.

The BEDC CSR team had earlier in the day visited St. Louis Girls Grammar school, Owo, on a safety sensitization campaign where they educated the students on safety tips at home and how to stay safe in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, dangers resulting from unsafe acts such as tampering with electrical installations, overcrowded electrical sockets, stepping/ touching lines (electrical wires) and playing near distribution sub- stations. The highlight of the event was the distribution of hand sanitizers, educational materials which includes branded exercise books and snapper frames inscribed with safety tips, safety message, amongst other items.

Here are pictures from the event

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