By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Deputy Governor of Osun State, Benedict Alabi, has stated that the recent efforts of the government in the state to strengthen the quality of education have started yielding laudable results.
Alabi said that the resolve of the Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s administration to produce more responsible and productive youths through a sound education is unwavering.
He made the remarks in his office at Abeere, while playing host to Miss Christiana Timileyin Akinlaja, an SS3 student of Fakunle Unity Government High School, Osogbo, alongside her mother and sibling.
The young girl, an indigene of the state, recently won a National Essay Competition on COVID-19, organised by Solomon Empire, a Non-Governmental Organisation, with the theme:” How should government and corporate organisations prepare people towards post-COVID-19 and future pandemics”.
Alabi who praised the student for being clear-headed and focus, commended her mother for raising such talented offspring.
He, however, advised the student to sustain that tempo of scholarship and versatility, adding that such intellectual feat requires more responsibilities and sacrifices.
“There is no doubt that this is a reflection of the level of commitment and creativity this present administration had brought to bear in the education system in Osun; there is no gainsaying that our efforts have started yielding tremendous results.
“Many might see this your piece on COVID-19 as a mere essay, but we consider it as a sound solution and resource materials for the management of socioeconomic impacts of post-COVID-19 and future pandemics. As a responsible government, we shall continue to do our best in repositioning all sectors of our societal structure for better performance and enviable results”, Alabi said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Folorunso Adedoyin, enjoined parents to support the government in the quest for quality education.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the governor on education, Jamiu Olawunmi, said the feat attained by the student was a follow-up to what had earlier been achieved in the state in March, when a student of Osogbo Grammar School, Master Abdulahi Akintade, emerged as the Overall Best Young Nigerian Scientist.
The Project Coordinator of Solomon Empire, Kunle Ajayi, disclosed that the notion behind the competition was to discover talented youths with requisite mental capacities to proffer potent solutions to 21st century challenges in Africa, especially in the face of ravaging pandemic.
The student, while making her speech appreciated the State government for providing a conducive and inspiring learning environment for students across the state adding that the title of the essay had challenged her to think in the direction of social security on the part of the government to the citizenry as well as the urgent need to revamp the nation’s health sector.