Beneficiaries of Uplifting the SS3 Students Initiative Return0
The governor of Ogun State, received in his office the best WAEC students from the 20 local government areas of Ogun State who just returned from a trip to the United Kingdom sponsored by Mrs Olufunso Amosun, wife of the governor.
He commended the vision of Mrs Amosun to motivate the children of the state towards academic excellence.
The governor said the state government would give scholarships to the students to study in Nigerian universities.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the courtesy visit, Mrs Amosun said her passion was to see the children of public schools attain excellence “as it was in our days.”
“I feel fulfilled by what we have achieved with these children,” she said.
She promised to do her best to secure more sponsors so that the most outstanding of them all could go for studies abroad.
The students, who travelled out of Nigeria for the first time, expressed profound gratitude to the wife of the governor for the unique exposure she afforded them in the United Kingdom and promised not to disappoint the state.
The two-week leadership training visit to Great Britain, organised by the wife of the governor, was under the “Uplifting the SS3 Students Initiative”. It was designed to reward excellence and motivate students of the state to excel in their studies.
The trip took the children to Buckingham Palace, House of Commons, House of Lords, Trafalgar Square and Nigerian High Commission, among others.
While on a courtesy to Nigerian High Commission, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida has commended the wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun for embarking on programmes to uplift education sector in the state, describing the initiative as worthy of emulation by other state governors in the country.
Tafida made this commendation when Mrs. Amosun led the pioneering beneficiaries of her pet project-UPLIFTing- made up of SS3 students on a courtesy call to his office in London recently.
“Let me state categorically that this is the first time ever that students from Nigeria are being brought to the United Kingdom on educational merits.
We have had student excursions here and there but this is the first time students who have performed excellently in their West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination are being brought to the United Kingdom for the purpose of leadership training programme. Ogun State is taking the bull by the horn in preparing our youths for future leadership roles,.”
The envoy, in a statement from the office of Mrs. Amosun, said this type of initiative should be supported to build a virile society where values, merits and hard work are celebrated, appreciated and rewarded in order to encourage other youths to attain greater heights.
He told the students to remain committed to their studies so as to be able to become relevant in future.
“I want you all to see this excursion as the beginning of better things to come and I wish to join my voice with others to encourage you to aim for greater heights,” Tafida said.