Maths/Essay competitions: OSOPADEC honours students
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC) ,has given prizes and awards to secondary schools students in Ilaje and Ese-Odo Local Government Areas of the state who distinguished themselves in essay writing and Mathematics competitions organised by the commission.
The students emerged from over 5,000 drawn from thirty three schools in the area. The 2019 awards and prizes came in different categories which include junior prizes, senior prizes, teachers prizes, best student in Mathematics, and Essay writing prizes prizes .
Speaking at the event, the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu commended the commission for complementing his efforts in moving the education sector forward.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Dr. Olawunmi Ilawole, the governor affirmed that his administration has moved the sector to a higher pedestal, as the state has been able to move ahead in rankings in the country while students have been winning laurels for the state in both national and international competitions.
Akeredolu who posited that his administration has always priorities the education sector, pledged to always work towards improving the educational system in the state.
Earlier, the OSOPADEC Chairman, Mr Olugbenga Edema explained that the event was put together as a way of encouraging students of the mandate area to meet up with the standard the state is known for.
Edema who noted that the students being celebrated have distinguished themselves in the tests conducted for them by the commission, congratulated the teachers who produced the set of students.
He stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to improve access to quality education in the coastal areas. He believed that the programme which is geared towards promoting education will be sustained as he winds up in OSOPADEC to assume a new responsibility.
The Secretary of the commission, Dr Victor Koledoye averred that the programme was initiated by the present OSOPADEC management when it observed the gap in the education standard of the area as a form of intervention geared towards propelling to propel students to improve in their studies and also motivate teachers in the area.
One of the beneficiaries, Akinlaja Emmanuel applauded the programme which he said is a way of motivating them.