Osun Governor Adegboyega Oyetola said on Friday his administration was concerned about training the next generation of state leaders.
He described this concern as the motivation behind hosting the Osun State Government’s 2021 Independence Day Essay Contest.
This is how Miss Adegboyega Abisola Faith from Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo became the winner of the secondary school category, while Master Adeyemo Victor Ayodeji, medical student at Bowen University and native of the local government of Odo-Otin won the category of higher education institutions.
It should be recalled that the Osun State government announced that interested students from secondary schools and higher education institutions should submit essays on the chosen subjects.
Governor Oyetola, who was represented by his deputy, Benedict Alabi, at the grand final of the essay competition, organized by the state government to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the country’s independence, said: âThis competition editorial team strongly recommends itself as a platform to stimulate excellence in our students. This charges them not only to be imaginative as active producers of ideas relevant to nation-building, but also to courageously ventilate such ideas unabashedly into the public space. “
âWhat accompanies such an effort is the deliberate training of the mind to acquire the capacity required for healthy engagement in the face of societal challenges. This is the goal of all functional education.
âSince taking office, our administration has given priority to providing quality education to our young people. Indeed, we know that building a sustainably prosperous state requires strategic investment in our young people in a way that prepares them for the reality of a highly competitive global knowledge economy.
“It is the least we owe our young people, and we will not let them down,” Oyetola said.
In his welcome speech, Regional Integration and Special Tasks Commissioner Lekan Badmus thanked State Governor Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola for approving the Osun 2021 Essay Contest among high school students and graduates as part of the activities planned to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day.
He revealed that the Ministry of Regional Integration and Special Tasks received 700 registrations from 34 participating schools from private and public higher institutions across the country. Entries were also received from 23 local government areas of the state and also from non-natives.
According to Badmus: âToday our beloved state has brought together a large population of young people to reflect and suggest probable solutions to the challenges we face as a nation. To some people, this may not sound interesting, as the Osun State government thought in an original way and moved away from the conventional March past for this assembly.
âYou will agree with me that this initiative will promote the culture of reading and writing among our students. This gesture is dynamic, capable of encouraging healthy rivalry as well as intellectual competition between students in secondary and tertiary institutions. I thank Your Excellency for fueling this commendable program, âhe said.
In his opening speech, the president of the event, Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun (rtd), congratulated the governor for giving students the opportunity to participate in the essay competition.
General Adeosun called the event a joy, adding that in a world where negative activities have become the norm, Osun State dared to organize such a difficult event.
He instructed the participants and the teeming youth population of the state not to slacken their efforts to contribute to the development of the society, adding that education, security and other development needs of the state and the nation are a collective responsibility.
He also recommended a review of family values ââand ideals as an instrument to rebuild the nation’s weak security architecture, adding that security is not only a top-down affair but also has a bottom-up dimension that rests in the hands of citizens. .
The winner of the first edition, Abosede Samson Oyinlola, praised Governor Oyetola’s administration for initiating the essay competition, describing it as a preparatory phase for future state leaders to begin to identify the issues facing the company is facing and come up with solutions.
In his message of goodwill, the department head, Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade, congratulated Governor Oyetola for this initiative, stating that: âI am the product of this kind of competition.
He instructed participants to see the prizes obtained from exercise as a starter pack for greater achievements.
After careful consideration of the last 25 applicants in the secondary and tertiary categories, the top three applicants who came out the winners were: Adegboyega Abisola Faith from Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Olaniyi Inioluwa Opeyemi from Ambassadors College Ile-Ife, and Onwugbofor Happiness from Our Lady and St. Francis College – for the secondary category.
The winners of the Higher Education Institutions category were: Adeyemo Victor Ayodeji from the University of Bowen, Ayoola Victor Oluwagbemiga from the University of Ibadan and Ademuyi Stella Jesuloluwa from the University of Adeleke, Ede.
The winners of the tertiary category, in addition to cash prizes, also won a Toyota Corolla car.
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