Osun student bags Nigerian Scientist Award
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
A student of Osogbo Grammar School, Akintade Abdullahi has bagged a Federal Government scholarship up to PhD level for emerging the Overall Best Young Nigerian Scientist of the Year.
Abdullahi achieved the feat having won the first position in the National Examination of the 774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award, organised by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola while appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for the scholarship commended the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology for instituting the 774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award to develop the interest of young Nigerians in the sciences through competitive examinations.
He lauded the President for putting measures in place to build the capacity of the youth through education as a way of preparing them for their role as the leaders of tomorrow.
According to him, this will enable Nigerian youths to compete internationally and become renowned laureates in the sciences.
The governor said he was elated and proud that a son of The State of Osun emerged the Overall Best Young Nigerian Scientist of the Year, noting that the feat was a testament to the quality of the public school system in the State.
“The emergence of Master Akintade Abdullahi Akanbi, from a humble background and a product of our public school system, Osogbo Grammar School, as the Best Young Nigerian Scientist of the Year is a testament to the quality of the public school system of the State of Osun.
“This award is a lesson to our youths that their background cannot and should not be a hindrance to their success in life. It is also a lesson that there is hope for the nation’s public school system if we muster the political will to make it qualitative and productive.
“For us in Osun, education is the bedrock and the driver of our Development Agenda. We are committed to providing adequate, qualitative, equitable and functional education for our children.
“I am proud to say that there are many Akintades in our public schools waiting to emerge. We shall continue to expose them to opportunities and offer them same so that our aim of using education as the driver of sustainable development would be attained,” Oyetola added.
He also urged corporate organisations to complement the Federal Government’s efforts by instituting competitions and facilitating projects that will produce scientists for massive technological development.