TWENTY-ONE non-government organisations across Nigeria have been selected by the TY Danjuma Foundation to receive grants worth N212.2 million for community development in basic education.
The state coordinator of the foundation, Oluwatomi Ajayi, disclosed this at the annual grantees’ training and presentation of cheques worth N13.9 million to the five NGOs in Benin.
Ajayi explained that the beneficiaries would undertake projects aimed at improving lives in local communities.
She noted that the grants were part of efforts by the foundation to make quality education and health accessible to local and indigent Nigerians.
According to her, the community engagement by the five grantees in Edo is expected to cover the three senatorial districts of the state.
Ajayi stated, “The foundation has been giving out grants since 2009. For 2018, it will be giving grants to 21 organisations scattered across Nigeria and the cost of the grants is N212, 287, 940.
“For 2018, five organisations were successful for project implementation for Edo State. They will work in the areas of education and health.
“Once they start implementation, we shall undertake periodic monitoring visits to them and their project communities to ensure that what they are doing is according to the set objectives and agreements we have with them.
“The grant is for any state in Nigeria. So, the call is usually put out once in a year and organisations are expected to write from any part of the country. If their proposals are good enough, then we fund them,” she added.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Christopher Adesotu, described the initiative as one that would engage young Nigerians in meaningful endeavours.