Lagos State Education District 1 honours, inaugurates 326 students into diplomatic corps initiatives
…..Ambode, Adebule, Ayandele charge honoraries to be good ambassadors
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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.
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.