Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has presented a two-bedroom bungalow and N2 million cheque to the 2020 overall best graduating student of Lagos State University (LASU), Oladimeji Shotunde.
This was disclosed by the governor during a celebration of Ogun academic laureates 2021, which was held at the Obas Complex, Abeokuta, on Thursday April 23, 2021.
The governor also presented a two-bedroom bungalow to a student of Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, Ademola Adeeko, who won the 2020 African Union Continental Teacher’s Award.
Governor Abiodun announced that the state government would also set up an education endowment fund for Faith Odunsi of the Ambassadors College, Ota, in Ogun, winner of the Global Open Mathematics Tournament.
He noted that the event was another symbolic confirmation of the status of the state, not only as the education capital of Nigeria but as the intellectual melting-pot in Nigeria.
Abiodun said that education remained one of the biggest industries in the state and one of the proudest legacies bequeathed to it by her founding fathers, promising that the government would sustain the legacy.
“This is why immediately on assumption of office on May 29, 2019, we declared a state of emergency on education. It was a methodical and calculated approach to rescue the education sector from the dwindling fortunes inflicted on it by the indifference of the past.
“What could have happened to the education of the state that produced the likes of Prof. Wole Soyinka, the first Nigerian and African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature; Prof. Thomas Lambo, the first professor of Psychiatric Medicine in Nigeria?” the governor said.
He assured the people that the state government would continue to put measures in place toward providing quality education necessary for the development of the state.
Mr Oladimeji Shotunde is an indigene of Ogun State. He recently emerged the best graduating student of the Lagos State University.