Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola has commended the federal government effort at promoting science and technology education among the younger ones.
The commendation followed the award of a full scholarship, up to doctorate level, in any science-based course of his choice to three winners of the 774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award.
Declaring open the 2020 Science, Technology and Innovation Expo, President Muhammadu Buhari commended the creativity and competitive spirit of the three young scientists who emerged tops in the competition?
The theme of the Expo is “Enhancing The Growth of a Diversified Economy Through Science And Technology”.
Buhari said that Nigeria’s greatest resource is its human capital, stressing that his administration would continue to support human resource development.
“This is richly embodied in our youths who make up tens of millions of incredibly talented persons, constantly pushing and striving towards greatness. The future of Nigeria belongs to our youth,” the president said.
The winners; Akintade Abdullahi Akanbi of Osun State from Osogbo Government High School came first while Uwakwe Nelson Kamsiyochukwu of Anambra State from British Spring College, Awka came second.
Aimofumhe Eshiobomhe Sigmus of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from the School of the Gifted, Gwagwalada, came third.
Gov. Oyetola expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for awarding Abdullahi, a student of Osogbo Grammar School, a full scholarship up to PhD level for emerging the overall best Young Nigerian Scientist of the Year.
Abdullahi achieved the feat, having won the 1st position in the National Examination for 774 Young Nigerians, organised by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
Oyetola, who was a Guest of Honour at the awards presentation in Abuja congratulated Abdullah and his parents, shortly after the presentation.
He lauded the president “for putting measures in place to build the capacity of the youth through education as a way of preparing them for their role as leaders of tomorrow”.
He also commended the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology for instituting the Presidential Award to develop the interest of young Nigerians in the sciences through competitive examinations.
He said the gesture would enable Nigerian youths to compete internationally and become renowned laureates in the sciences.
The governor remarked that he was elated and proud that a son of “The State of Osun” emerged the overall best young Nigerian scientist of the year, noting that the feat was a testament to the quality of the public school system in the state.
“I am proud of Akintade Abdullah Akanbi, his emergence from a humble background and being a product of our public school system, Osogbo Grammar School, as the Best Young Nigerian Scientist of the Year.
“This is a testament to the quality of the public school system in the state.
“This award is a lesson to our youths that their background cannot and should not be a hindrance to their success in life.
“It is also a lesson that there is hope for the nation’s public school system if we muster the political will to make it qualitative and productive.
“For us in Osun, education is the bedrock and the driver of our Development Agenda.
“We are committed to providing adequate, qualitative, equitable and functional education for our children,” the governor said.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo
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