Lagos State Education District 1 honours, inaugurates 326 students into diplomatic corps initiatives 

Lagos State Education District 1 honours, inaugurates 326 students into diplomatic corps initiatives 

A cross section of the students diplomatic corps

…..Ambode, Adebule, Ayandele charge honoraries to be good ambassadors

…Education District 1 pioneer Students Diplomatic corps initiatives

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday honoured and inaugurated 326 students into the Diplomatic Corps Initiative for students, an initiative for outstanding students.

Speaking at the inauguration, Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, said that Akinwunmi Ambode Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration would continue to invest more in the future of students to better the society.

Adebule gave the assurance at the Honours Days and Inauguration of Students’ Diplomatic Corps Initiative for outstanding students in Education District I comprising Agege, Alimosho and Ifako-Ijaiye

The event was to reward 326 students who have won awards during the 2016/2017 academic session and those that made between 9As and 7As in WASSCE examination.

Adebule, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Office of Deputy Governor, Mrs Sewanu Amosun, in her Keynote address said the state intervention in education had been yielding positive results.

Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary, Education District I, Dr. Mrs Folayimika Ayandele Yinka Ayandele 

According to her, this is evidenced by the improved students’ performance in various examinations and at national and international competitions.

“There is no doubt that this award ceremony will encourage and motivate our students to be more serious in their academics in order to win more laurels both local and international levels and be our pride of future leaders.

” As a mark of honour, you will equally be inducted as ambassadors for one academic session under the aegis of Education District I’s Corps Initiative being inaugurated today.

“I want to remind out teachers again that you should remain committed, hardworking and dedicated in whatever you do.

“You are to promote the good image of the Education District within and outside the school through the academic year and of course of the state, ” she said.

The deputy governor, who superintends the ministry of education, urged teachers to remain committed, hardworking, and dedicated in whatever they do.

“Our administration will continue to invest in the future of our children through strategic reforms and planning in the education sector.

“This is to ensure that our children can compete favourably with their peers globally.

“Similarly, we will continue to invest in the capacity development of our personnel in all schools to further move our education forward and continue to provide our children with the needed skills”.

The Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, who was represented by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative, Mrs Oyefunke Olayinka encouraged students to study hard for outstanding success.

“Hope for woman initiative (the foundation of Mrs Ambode) was set to care of the vulnerables- the aged, women, children, youths

“All you need to enjoy the scholarship of Hope Initiative is to have 6As in WASSCE. It is a total scholarship from year one of the university to the final year. It covers all you need in University.

“I am ready to support students from humble background that excelled in schools. Studying is a good job that has rewards, so don’t be discouraged at all, study hard,” she assured.

Earlier, in an opening remark, the Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary, Education District I, Dr. Mrs folayimika Ayandele Yinka Ayandele said that the initiative was to appreciate students who had distinguished themselves.

“We need to celebrate these students to encourage educational excellence. Students Diplomatic corps was designed to instigate critical thinking among students and to recognise academic excellence.

“It is about ensuring that the children are motivated and ensuring persistence in the children. It is important we celebrate outstanding ones.

“Today is a celebration of hard work and this is another way of raising the bar of excellence,” the permanent secretary said.

Ayandele, who said that the government was passionate about nurturing talents, noted that the awards covered outstanding students in sports, public speaking, vocational, and entrepreneur skills as well as academic attainments.

“In our midst we have students with nine A1 and another with 7 A1 and two Bs who have been offered admission into the tertiary institutions,” she added.

According to her, corps members would be exposed to several of development course, vocational course and skill necessary for the workforce and success at tertiary level.

The tutor general, who admitted the students into the Students’ Diplomatic Corps Initiative, also decorated one of them who excelled in four events as the Dean.

She commended Gov. Ambode for heavy investment in education and his wife Mrs Bolanle Ambode for encouragement through scholarship to both less privileged and outstanding students in education.

The District 1 also celebrated Master David Fagbemi of Sonmori Comprehensive High School, Agege and Master Victory Agwu of the State Senior High School, Oyewole, Agege for excelling in WASSCE.

Fagbemi, who was given Academic Honours Award of Excellence said that dedication and purpose aided his feat.

“We can achieve it with hard work and that was my driving force. I knew I can do it. I planned to have A1 in nine subjects and I got it. I am very happy,” he said.

The 52 teachers who nurtured and groomed the distinct students, were also honoured and presented Recognition letter.

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News Headlines Jan 19, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

News Headlines Jan 19, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 


Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

The Punch


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I’m not your ‘shithole’
Ortom’s aide accuses police of backing killer herdsmen
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SEC extends free e-dividend registration till Feb 28
Benue people protest herdsmen’s killings at N’Assembly
FG sues JP Morgan for $875m over Malabu oilfield deal
Ekwueme’s funeral rites begin today
Benue crisis may get out of control, Sultan warns
How communication can influence your 2018 plans
Kidnappers demand N100m for abducted teenager
Women reject me because of my manhood size –Actor
[PHOTOS] Nigerian banker gives birth inside plane en route…
Kaduna NUT suspends strike as el-Rufai rescinds decision
Nigerian pastors as 2019 opposition party
Benue crisis may get out of control, Sultan warns
Benue people protest herdsmen’s killings at N’Assembly
Fire razes Imo deputy governor’s house, gas station
Kidnappers demand N100m for abducted teenager
Suspected robbers kill policeman in Katsina
Tension in Jos over 200 missing cows
Gunmen abduct 14-year-old girl in Katsina
Court orders burning of cocaine, heroin after 11 years
Senate swears in APGA’s only senator, Umeh
Olusola Oke back in APC, promises to assist Akeredolu
We battled 1,134 cases in court in three years – INEC
PDP rejects composition of ESIEC for Edo LG poll
Kwara gov sacks 19 commissioners, 16 Special Advisers, 15 others
Kaduna govt bans child fostering, adoption
FG sues JP Morgan for $875m over Malabu oilfield deal
Study govt policies, LCCI advises SMEs
Nigerian firm, global trader in $530m oilfield deal
NIPOST restructuring’ll not lead to job losses – BPE
FG to address social protection schemes’ implementation challenges
Porn industry in mourning as another star dies
Police arrest 59 suspects over Benue crises
Cattle Colony: You’re not the owner of Kogi, Community leader warns Bello
Why Buhari will not act on Fulani herdsmen killings
Eagles remain 51st in FIFA rankings
Boxing turned my life around –Joshua
Salisu, Ezenwa rally Eagles against Libya
Ikpeazu, contractor agree on Enyimba Stadium
Cross River moves to save national festival hosting rights
Wawrinka, Muguruza bundled out of Aussie Open
Lagelu old boys donate N200m for school rehabilitation
We won’t sack teachers –Dickson
Chrisland Pre-degree College holds maiden University Fair
For Ayo Banjo, scholars seek rebirth of English language
WAP expands social media marketing
Six public cloud risks businesses need to know
Editorial:  Return of Badoo ritual killings in Lagos
How communication can influence your 2018 plans
Reforming our dysfunctional political parties

ThisDay



NEC Constitutes Committee to Tackle Conflict Between Herdsmen and Farmers• Sultan exonerates Miyetti Allah of atrocities by herders    • Tension in Ekiti as pregnant woman is killed
Petroleum Bill Now Ready for Buhari to Sign, Says Dogara
Court Refuses to Vacate Order Proscribing IPOB
Search on for Kidnapped Americans and Canadians in Nigeria
Boroh Begs Avengers to Hold Fire
NEC Constitutes Committee to Tackle Conflict Between Herdsmen and Farmers
Tinubu Calls for Deregulation of Fuel Price, Seeks Progressive Governance
Walter Wagbatsoma, Nigerian Oil Magnate Sent to Jail in UK

Buhari Approves TV Station for UNILAG

How Kidnap Kingpin, ‘Dracula’ Died in Police Custody

Desperation for Oyo Governorship, Driving You Mad, APC Tells Minister
Lamido Accuses Buhari of Vindictiveness
DMO Releases FGN Bond Issuance Calendar for Q1, 2018
House to Probe NNPC over Alleged Loss of $21bn Oil Revenue to IOCs
Buhari Seeks N’Assemby Approval to Extend Implementation of FCT Budget
Kogi East Rejects Cattle Colonies in Igala Land
Senate Postpones Security Summit
Ekwueme to Be Buried Feb 2
Kaduna Teachers Suspend Strike
AfDB: Nigeria’s Economy Needs Double Digit Growth to Reduce Poverty, Create Mass Employment
Ebonyi Shuts down Schools over Lassa Fever Outbreak
Auditor General: Paucity of Funds Affecting our Statutory Mandate
We’ve Made Remarkable Progress in Agriculture, Says Buhari
Atiku Mourns Victims of Maiduguri Blast
Jonathan Felicitates with Anyaoku at 85
95 Ex-Boko Haram Fighters Set for Release
Sokoto Spends N6bn on Settlement of Pensions
Ahmed Dissolves Kwara Cabinet
Lagelu Old Boys inject N0.2bn into school infrastructure
Sokoto Distributes 45,000 Desks to Schools
Four States Seek Urgent Action on Oil Exploration in Sokoto Basin
IYC Commends House for Passage of Maritime University Establishment Bill
Bayelsa Governor Douses Fear over Planned Teachers’ Sack
Schools Shut down as Ebonyi Experiences Lassa Fever Outbreak
Plateau Signs MoU with Firm to Revamp Its Specialist Hospital
Enugu Revenue Board Targets N30bn IGR in 2018
FRC Set to Review National Code of Corporate Governance
LCCI Sensitises SMEs on Government Policies
Nigerian Stock Exchange Index Records Marginal Fall on Profit Taking
NBS: Abuja, Cross River, Jigawa Lead in Inter-City Transport Fares
New Airports Terminals May Gulp Additional N10bn
PDP Condemns APC Govs, Ministers’ Silence on Benue Killings
Saraki Swears in Umeh as Senator
Promoter of the Arts
Buhari Cannot Run, Time Ran Out on Him
Nexus Between Climate Change and Herdsmen Crisis
‘Photography Has Added Value to My Life’
Foundation Disburses Scholarship Fund to University Students
Home-based Eagles Seek Redemption against Formidable Libya
Nigeria Retains 51st Spot as Tunisia Leads Africa
Gov Ikpeazu, Contractor Strike Fresh Accord on Enyimba Stadium Project
Nigeria to Compete in Nine Sports in Gold Coast 2018 C’wealth Games
Aussie Open: Konta Knocked out by World Number 123!
Benefiting from Trump’s ‘Shit Hole’ Comment
Editorial: NIGERIA AND ITS ENVIRONMENT

The Nation


Photos: Buhari hosts APC Party Chieftains
Tinubu on herdsmen, farmers crisis: enough
EFCC launches probe as $500m Abacha loot goes missing
Malabu deal: Nigeria sues JP Morgan for $875m
Kanu raises the alarm over bid to seize hotel
‘Winning political contest never an end in itself’
Husband beats pregnant wife to death
Osinbajo heads panel on herdsmen killings
Surgery panacea for fibroids, says expert
Military clears 95 deradicalised Boko Haram members
Herdsmen: Lawyers knock senators for ‘politicising delicate issues’
The Economist disowns publication on Buhari
Medical Lab scientists blame govt for high rate of misdiagnosis
Pension payment row: Abia pensioners fault Kalu
A time for moral courage
Itsekiri students call for speedy takeoff of maritime varsity
Strike disrupts varsities’ activities
Update: Alex Sanchez Axed from Arsenal First-team Training
Basketball: First Bank BC picks 13 new players
Nations Cup: Nigeria beaten again
Super Eagles Remains Static, FiFA Ranking Reveals
Djokovic survives Melbourne furnace to beat Monfils
Adekuoroye Records First Win In Pro Wrestling League Season 3  
Nations Cup: Angola beats Nigeria 29-16
Suspected Herdsmen kill Pregnant Tiv Woman in Ekiti
Edo LG polls: PDP may boycott polls
2019 polls: Wike, Amaechi resume hostilities
United in Music at Sauti za Busara 2018
Nollywood mourns as ‘Issakaba’ producer dies
Court orders LTV presenter to cater for ‘abandoned’ daughter
Concerns as weeds overtake Cross River Superhighway
Minister’s kinsmen hail NDDC for Onicha-Ugbo/Idumuje-Ugboko road
Akpabio, Enyong put smiles on faces of constituents
AMAC presents over N6 billion 2018 budget proposal
Buhari, Fulani factor and the Benue killings
Nile University matriculates 548
Govt, PSP operators to settle CLI dispute out of court
10 arrested as task force seizes 120 motorcycles
Nigeria and the challenges of 2019: This is not a game – Tinubu


Vanguard



CHAN: Eagles Keen To Avoid Upset Against Libya
Court Ruling On IPOB As Terrorist Organisation Denigration Of Judiciary—Ohanaeze
How PDP Is Grazing For Votes In Troubled Middle Belt
Demoted Maj-General Drags Army To Court
PDP, Party Of Pathological Liars — Olatunbosun
2018 C’wealth Games: Nigeria To Take Part In 9 Sports
Democracy And Change
SEC Extends Deadline For Free E-Dividend Registration To February 28
LG Polls: Crisis Rocks Edo APC Over Barring Of Past Office Holders
Bayelsa’ll Not Sack Teachers —Dickson
Police To Clamp Down On One Chance Robbers In Lagos
DMO Releases FG’s Bond Issuance Calendar For 2018
FADAMA Earmarks 340 Hectares For Dry Season Rice Production
CATTLE COLONIES: Okorocha’s Silence Worries Imo Residents
Ikpeazu, Contractor Strike Fresh Accord Over Enyimba Stadium
“I Said At The Time That Nigeria Was Too Big To Fail’
Enugu Assembly Set To Pass 2018 Budget
Southwest on antidote for rampaging herdsmen
My election, will of Nigerian People – Buhari
Dogara urges Buhari to sign PIGB
Sultan indicts FG, security agencies over herdsmen killings
Proffer alternatives to grazing, Tinubu urges FG
Passage of PIGB’ll curb future fuel scarcity —Saraki
Herdsmen killings: We have no control over any Fulani man – Sultan
Suspected herdsmen strike in Ekiti, kill pregnant woman
Oredo LG poll: Former Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, endorse Tom
Nigeria’s balance of $2.32b in ECA as at Jan. 15 – Adeosun
Benue killings: You are hypocrites, PDP tells APC governors, ministers
Buhari, other African leaders to grace Weah’s inauguration
2018 C’wealth Games: Nigeria to take part in 9 sports
Ikpeazu, contractor strike fresh accord over Enyimba Stadium
Kojo kicks against WAGS for Eagles camp
Eagles static in latest FIFA Ranking
Man denounces wife for committing adultery with herbalist
Tuface storms Benue State over recent herdsmen killings
Ooni of Ife appoints popular film maker, Dotun Taylor
BBNaija set to reunite ex-housemates!
Chief “Zebrudaya’’ expresses concern over lack of sponsorship for TV series
I respect Tiwa Savage, Omawumi, Yemi Alade and co — Niniola
EDITORIAL: We need violence-free campaigns and elections
Ill dismiss any policeman involved in cultism — CP Edgal
JAMB directs all institutions to end 2017 admissions by Jan. 25
Southwest on antidote for rampaging herdsmen
How your smart phone can save your life
What to do when you experience food poisoning


The Sun



Sultan, Onaiyekan, CAN task FG on herdsmen
•Want killings stopped as NIREC meets
Senate defers planned summit on insecurity
YCE rejects cattle colony, grazing reserves in Yorubaland
Customs shoots, injures pregnant woman in Ogun
2019: Nigeria remains complex –Tinubu
Buhari warns on next year’s polls, Miyetti Allah blasts politicians  
Nigeria in crisis –Wike
• Rivers women endorse gov for second term
Sule Lamido accuses Buhari of intolerance
Gov Ishaku orders arrest of Taraba lawmaker’s killers
…Northern elders  urge FG to be
Unongo resigns from Northern Elders Forum
Proscription saga: IPOB loses in court, Ohanaeze kicks
Senate defers planned summit on insecurity
Don’t contest in 2019, Bishop Chukwuma tells Buhari 
Customs shoots, injures pregnant woman in Ogun
2nd term: Pro-Buhari, Osinbajo group opens South West office tomorrow
•Ex-Abia gov, Kalu, is guest lecturer
Herdsmen’s attacks: Dangote donates N50m to victims 
Buhari approves licence for UNILAG TV
Trump is ‘disaster’ for human rights, fuels authoritarians, says HRW
Zimbabwe to hold election within five months
Italy’s Eni launches world’s biggest industrial supercomputer
2019: Uneasy calm in Oyo APC
Most state legislatures are dead -Onuora
Kaduna dry port to commence operations in March
…Targets 5,000 jobs
NIPOST’s unbundling ‘ll create independent business model –FG
Reps probe N7.6tr revenue loss to IOCs, sharp practices
Russia 2018: Only fit players’ll make my squad –Rohr
CHAN 2018: We’re ready for Libya -Yusuf
Ikpeazu, contractor strike fresh accord over Enyimba Stadium
FG kicks off Ekwueme’s funeral rites today
Reps probe N7.6tr revenue loss to IOCs, sharp practices
EDITORIAL: Addressing Nigeria’s housing challenge
Aare Ona Kakanfo: Colour, culture, glamour
•As thousands throng Oyo for Gani Adams
Even without legs, girls still woo me –Krazee Legs, musician
Re: Kodjo Williams’ rage
Killer herdsmen and Nigeria’s scary future
Shithole comment: Can we blame Trump?
Some youth survival strategies for 2018
Time for restraint, forgiveness, reconciliation
Retributive justice for PDP and APC
Re: Waiting for ‘Operation Scorpion Sting’ in Middle Belt

JAMB directs all institutions to end 2017 admissions next week, says results valid for only one year 

JAMB directs all institutions to end 2017 admissions next week


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Thursday directed all tertiary institutions to end their 2017 admission by January 25.

The Board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin said the board’s decision came at a meeting where all issues and ones bordering on the admission process were taken into consideration.

He said it was resolved that the academic calendar must be adhered to.


According to him, the directive becomes necessary as the board intends to meet up with the academic calendar as earlier agreed.

“By implication, candidates who have gained admissions into various institutions and are yet to register or do not have admissions by January 25 should begin to make preparations for the 2018 UTME.

“The public must also note that the UTME results are valid for only one year and not three years as widely speculated.

“If changes are made to the validity, I assure you the board would communicate appropriately to the public.”

The board had recently said that the UTME examinations would take place between March 9 and 17, while the mock exams would take place in the first week of February.

Benjamin also noted that the sale of Direct Entry forms are ongoing, while urging candidates who intend to apply to do so immediately as the sale of the DE forms ends on the same date with the UTME’s.

“It has come to our knowledge that a lot of candidates are not aware of the sale of the Direct Entry forms, which we have advertised.

“We are calling on desirous candidates to please register their profile and obtain the pins from the vending platforms.



“Candidates who want to apply to institutions through DE must note that the sale of the forms started same date as the UTME’s and would end on the same date which is on February 6.

“This form can be obtained through the same process as the UTME forms.

“It could be purchased through vending commercial banks, Mobile Money Operators (MMO’s), Interswitch, NIPOST and Remita,” he said.

Suspected Herdsmen kill Pregnant Tiv Woman in Ekiti

Suspected Herdsmen kill Pregnant Tiv Woman in Ekiti


Posted By: ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA, ADO-EKITI 


The spate of killings by suspected herdsmen on Thursday spread to Orin-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
A Tiv pregnant woman was hacked to death by those referred to by the locals as “Bororo herdsmen” at the town’s Farm Settlement in the early hours of the day.
The killing took place barely 48 hours to a referendum in the town on the vacant throne on the Olorin. The indigenes are expected to vote “YES” or “NO” on the number of ruling houses in the community.
One of the elders of the town, the Onikare of Orin-Ekiti, High Chief Bamidele Fasuyi, said the referendum will go ahead as planned on Saturday despite the killing incident.
The State Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, when contacted on telephone said he was away from the state on official assignment.
An indigene of the town who is a former Chairman of Ido/Osi Local Government, Prince Sanmi Olubummo, who confirmed the incident in a telephone chat, disclosed that another victim of the attack was receiving treatment at a hospital.
Olubummo said policemen from Ido-Ekiti Divisional Headquarters visited the scene of the killing saying the situation was calm.
Read Also: Herdsmen burn ex-naval chief’s farms in Kwara

He said: “The incident happened inside the Orin Farm Settlement. Nobody knows what led to the crisis in the early hours of Thursday but our people said the Bororo herdsmen killed the pregnant woman.”
But the Regent and the Olorin-in-Council has said it would hold a referendum on Saturday to resolve controversies surrounding the royal stool.
There are three Ruling Houses in the town: Famokiti, Olubummo and Idimehinsuwon. But there is a controversy over the acceptance of Idimehinsuwon as one of the ruling houses.
A statement signed on behalf of the Olorin-in-Council, by the Onikare, High Chief Fasuyi, urged the ruling houses to make their representatives available to witness the referendum.
“The referendum is aimed at the community’s populace who are the stakeholders on the issue of who rules them to publicly express their candid opinions on the matter of who is entitled to rule over them.
“This referendum is at the interest of the whole Orin-Ekiti community,” the statement said.
The latest killing was coming barely four days after a herdsman, Babuga Dengi, was killed by people suspected to be Tiv farmers at a location between Oke Ako and Irele communities in Ikole Local Government Area.

Source: The Nation

Umeh sworn in as senator

Umeh takes oath of office, calls for implementation of Confab report

Victor Umeh

Former National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) Chief Victor Umeh on Thursday took oath of office as Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District.

The oath of office was administered on him by the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki in Abuja.

The Senatorial District had been without representation in the last two years.

Umeh, while briefing journalists after taking oath of office, called for the implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report, saying that the report was comprehensive enough to chat a new course for a new Nigeria.

He noted that the report addressed various issues currently causing agitation in the country, including the issue of restructuring which had generated a lot of debate and controversies in the polity.

The politician explained that restructuring was not tantamount to disintegration of the corporate entity called Nigeria, as many people had insinuated but a means of rearranging certain anomalies in the system, so as to end or reduce agitations.

He said that Nigeria could only prosper when all citizens were given equal opportunities and treatment in the affairs of the nation, pointing out that those opposed to restructuring did not want Nigeria to make progress.

The Anambra Central Senator lamented that his constituents lost so much fortunes as a result of the vacuum that existed in the Senate during the period of political tussle amongst the contestants to the seat.

He, however, said that he was comforted by the fact that justice was done in the protracted law suit, saying that it was better that he got justice, even though it took a long time to happen.

The lawmaker noted that the only way democracy could survive in the country was for everybody to obey the Rule of Law, stressing that those circumventing the Rule of law were the ones dragging the country backward and always brought problems to the people.(NAN)

IPOB remains illegal body as court affirms proscription

Court affirms IPOB’s proscription





Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the application by the Indegenous People of Biafra’s request to reverse the court’s order proscribing it and designating it a terrorist organisation.

Delivering his ruling on IPOB’s application, the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High, Justice Abdu Kafarati, resolved all the three formulated issues against the group, and held that September 20, 2017 proscription order was validly issued.



He dismissed the contention of IPOB’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who submitted that IPOB not being registered in Nigeria but only registered in some other countries, could not be sued in Nigeria.

The judge noted that an organisation registered abroad could be likened to a foreigner who could be arrested in another country where he was found to have committed a crime.

The judge also held that the issuance of the proscription order by him in chambers following an ex parte application was in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act.

The judge awarded the sum of N500 as cost against IPOB.

Lagos State Education District 1 honours, inaugurates 326 students into diplomatic corps initiatives 

Lagos State Education District 1 honours, inaugurates 326 students into diplomatic corps initiatives 

A cross section of the students diplomatic corps

…..Ambode, Adebule, Ayandele charge honoraries to be good ambassadors

…Education District 1 pioneer Students Diplomatic corps initiatives

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday honoured and inaugurated 326 students into the Diplomatic Corps Initiative for students, an initiative for outstanding students.

Speaking at the inauguration, Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, said that Akinwunmi Ambode Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration would continue to invest more in the future of students to better the society.

Adebule gave the assurance at the Honours Days and Inauguration of Students’ Diplomatic Corps Initiative for outstanding students in Education District I comprising Agege, Alimosho and Ifako-Ijaiye

The event was to reward 326 students who have won awards during the 2016/2017 academic session and those that made between 9As and 7As in WASSCE examination.

Adebule, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Office of Deputy Governor, Mrs Sewanu Amosun, in her Keynote address said the state intervention in education had been yielding positive results.

Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary, Education District I, Dr. Mrs Folayimika Ayandele Yinka Ayandele 

According to her, this is evidenced by the improved students’ performance in various examinations and at national and international competitions.

“There is no doubt that this award ceremony will encourage and motivate our students to be more serious in their academics in order to win more laurels both local and international levels and be our pride of future leaders.

” As a mark of honour, you will equally be inducted as ambassadors for one academic session under the aegis of Education District I’s Corps Initiative being inaugurated today.

“I want to remind out teachers again that you should remain committed, hardworking and dedicated in whatever you do.

“You are to promote the good image of the Education District within and outside the school through the academic year and of course of the state, ” she said.

The deputy governor, who superintends the ministry of education, urged teachers to remain committed, hardworking, and dedicated in whatever they do.

“Our administration will continue to invest in the future of our children through strategic reforms and planning in the education sector.

“This is to ensure that our children can compete favourably with their peers globally.

“Similarly, we will continue to invest in the capacity development of our personnel in all schools to further move our education forward and continue to provide our children with the needed skills”.

The Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, who was represented by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative, Mrs Oyefunke Olayinka encouraged students to study hard for outstanding success.

“Hope for woman initiative (the foundation of Mrs Ambode) was set to care of the vulnerables- the aged, women, children, youths

“All you need to enjoy the scholarship of Hope Initiative is to have 6As in WASSCE. It is a total scholarship from year one of the university to the final year. It covers all you need in University.

“I am ready to support students from humble background that excelled in schools. Studying is a good job that has rewards, so don’t be discouraged at all, study hard,” she assured.

Earlier, in an opening remark, the Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary, Education District I, Dr. Mrs folayimika Ayandele Yinka Ayandele said that the initiative was to appreciate students who had distinguished themselves.

“We need to celebrate these students to encourage educational excellence. Students Diplomatic corps was designed to instigate critical thinking among students and to recognise academic excellence.

“It is about ensuring that the children are motivated and ensuring persistence in the children. It is important we celebrate outstanding ones.

“Today is a celebration of hard work and this is another way of raising the bar of excellence,” the permanent secretary said.

Ayandele, who said that the government was passionate about nurturing talents, noted that the awards covered outstanding students in sports, public speaking, vocational, and entrepreneur skills as well as academic attainments.

“In our midst we have students with nine A1 and another with 7 A1 and two Bs who have been offered admission into the tertiary institutions,” she added.

According to her, corps members would be exposed to several of development course, vocational course and skill necessary for the workforce and success at tertiary level.

The tutor general, who admitted the students into the Students’ Diplomatic Corps Initiative, also decorated one of them who excelled in four events as the Dean.

Students of Abesan Senior High School who came first in British Council Competition and their teacher, Mrs Sahbith Oladele

She commended Gov. Ambode for heavy investment in education and his wife Mrs Bolanle Ambode for encouragement through scholarship to both less privileged and outstanding students in education.

The District 1 also celebrated Master David Fagbemi of Sonmori Comprehensive High School, Agege and Master Victory Agwu of the State Senior High School, Oyewole, Agege for excelling in WASSCE.

Fagbemi, who was given Academic Honours Award of Excellence said that dedication and purpose aided his feat.

“We can achieve it with hard work and that was my driving force. I knew I can do it. I planned to have A1 in nine subjects and I got it. I am very happy,” he said.

The 52 teachers who nurtured and groomed the distinct students, were also honoured and presented Recognition letter.