By Mojola Aturamu
Nollywood actress,Tonto Dikeh, on Tuesday disclosed that her foundation, Tonto Dikeh Foundation (TDF), has awarded scholarship to 345 indigent students in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) within six months.
In her statement to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), she revealed that the act was to enable her contribute her quota to the intellectual development of youths in the country.She further said that the students were sponsored under the foundation’s ‘Back to School Project’ and that officials of the foundation go from one state to another in search of indigent students who needed assistance.
She disclosed that the foundation recently awarded scholarship to 200 students in Delta state, and Cross River would be the next state that would benefit from this scholarship scheme.
She said: “The project was conceived with the idea of assisting the less privileged in realization of the United Nations sustainable development goals in the area of education and mass literacy in Nigeria.
The Tonto Dikeh Foundation focuses on giving support to young girls who have been raped, molested or assaulted by giving hope to such young girls and providing help to them through our partners.
“Depending on their individual cases some rape cases result in pregnancy; so we support them during ante-natal and post-natal period and we mentor these young women so they can fit into the society again.
The scholarship is meant to give Nigerian children the opportunity to be educated since education is key to human and national development.’’
She added that her foundation has also given scholarship to 300 students in Karamajiji community, a suburb along Airport road in Abuja to further their education from primary to university level,with SSCE and JAMB fees paid for.
She called on well meaning Nigerians to use their resources to assist the less privileged especially the physically challenged.