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Winners of Seyi Makinde Essay Competition Get Cash and Scholarship Prizes

Omituntun Initiative in the Diaspora (OID) group again praised Governor Seyi Makinde’s endeavours in improving the education sector in Oyo State.

They made this known during the presentation of awards to the top 20 winners of an essay competition organised by the group tagged, “Seyi Makinde Essay Competition Award”, held at the Simeon Adebo Staff Development Center, Conference Hall, Ministry of Establishment and Training Building, Secretariat, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday.

The winners of the just concluded competition were rewarded with cash prizes, certificates, and a scholarship was given to one of the participants.

According to the group, the competition was created for students in higher institutions of learning who are residents and indigenes of Oyo State; to empower and test their intellectual capacity in some selected topics in the area of digital innovations in agriculture and the role of youths in governance.

The event was attended by the Oyo State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Professor Dahud Sangodoyin; Chairman Governing Board, Oyo State College of Health Science and Technology, Dr Aaron Ogundiwin and the Provost of the institution, Mr Siji Ganiyu; Professor Olufemi Saibu; Dr Olufemi Olowookere and General Manager, BCOS, Mr Tunde Ajayi, among others.

Salahudeen Balqeez Oyenike emerged the winner of the competition and was presented with a cheque of N150, 000, while the first runner-up, Adeniyi Oluwamayowa Adedoyin got a cheque of N100, 000.00 and the second runner-up, Ezekiel Kolawole, was presented with the sum of N50, 000. 00.

Also, the only secondary school student who made it to the final stage of the competition, Adeleke Oluwaseyi, was presented with a scholarship of JAMB form and a first-year tuition fee of the tertiary institution of her choice.

Professor Sangodoyin, Speaking at the event, urged the 20 finalists and the three winners of the competition to exploit their potentials as well as to key into the programmes in the education sector, which is the salient agenda of Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration.

“We are highly impressed with the outcome of the competition because even secondary school pupils also participated in the over 5000 entries and 20 made it to the final stage of which 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners emerged,” he added.

Sangodoyin said: “OID is delighted on the success of Seyi Makinde Essay Competition which is earmarked as part of the activities marking the second anniversary of the Seyi Makinde-led government. This shows that the future of Oyo State is bright and we only need to push and encourage our young ones to have a knowledge-based economy.”

Dr Sophia Adeyeye, The OID Academy Coordinator, also praised Governor Makinde on the success he has recorded, especially in the area of education through various great policies gearing towards academic excellence in Oyo State.

She praised Governor Makinde for keeping his promises by appointing Commissioner for Youth, who is less than 30 years of age, and employing more than 5000 youths into Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) as well as giving youths more opportunities in other government parastatals.

Professor Olufemi Saibu, OID National Coordinator, noted that over 20 per cent of the budget allocated to the education sector is paying dividends and encouraged the youths to support the administration in ensuring that the success story in Governor Makinde’s strive for effective and qualitative education within the two years in the office is achievable.

He asserted that youths are the future leaders and agents of change for innovation building. If given a favourable platform to display their academic excellence, skills and talents, they will perform incredibly well in any chosen field of human endeavour.

Dr Olasumbo Savage, OID Women’s Coordinator, advised the female students to imbibe the culture of hard work, diligence, and dedication to excel in their chosen career, adding, “Be yourself and stand to be counted among the best.”

The group spokesperson, Mr Ayotomiwa Adebayo, in his remarks urged the youths and good people of Oyo State to support Governor Makinde in his efforts in transforming education and other key sectors to make the state an investment destination for investors.

The event also featured special recognition awards to dignitaries, including, Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye; Chairman BCOS, Prince Dotun Oyelade; Special Adviser on Cultural and Tourism, Alhaji Taye Akande; Chairman Governing Council, Oyo State College of Health, Science and Technology and General Manager, Oyo State Road Traffic Management, Commander Adeoye Ayoade for their contributions to serving the people of Oyo State under the visionary and exceptional leadership of Governor Makinde.

Other OID ambassadors and executives at the presentation awards include Mrs Funke Mosebolatan, Dr Taiwo Lasisi, Mrs Yemisi Ologunja, Pastor Adenike Aderibigbe, Mr Qudus Olayiwola, Mr Abiola Durudola, Mr Samuel Olaseinde, Mr Oluwasogo Akinpelu, Mr Damilare Mathew, Mr Damilare Ogundibo, Dr Emmanuel Fagbo, Mr Bamidele Ojo, among others.

The group prayed that God will give Governor Makinde wisdom, guidance, and understanding to excel in his endeavours to make Oyo State great and successful.

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