Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been hailed for prioritising educational development.
The General Overseer of Upper Room Baptist Church, Alapere-Ketu, Lagos, Pastor Oluleke Akinola, who spoke at the 2015 Excellence Award Ceremony for public secondary schools in Kosofe Zone Education District 2, said Lagos State government’s efforts in the education sector should be acknowledged.
He said: “We have no doubt that Governor Ambode will take education to a greater height, considering his pedigree.
“Government alone cannot bring about the kind of society we desire. We, therefore, must support it. Upper Room Baptist Church has decided to encourage youths, the leaders of tomorrow, to embrace industry, diligence and uprightness in the pursuit of life goals. This is why we are holding the second edition of the excellence award ceremony, which was established in 2012 during the 25th anniversary of this church.”
Pastor Akinola said the purpose of the award was to acknowledgae, recognize and reward annually, good performance in public secondary schools in Kosofe Zone Education District 2 in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
He said the award was a corporate social responsibility programme, “which we believe will encourage hard work among pupils, teachers and head teachers.”
Governor Ambode, represented by Mrs. Margaret Titilayo Solarin, the tutor-general/permanent secretary, Lagos State Education District 2, praised Pastor Akinola and Upper Room Baptist Church for touching lives, “as the government cannot do it alone.”
He urged Lagosians to pay their taxes so that the government would have enough money to provide the dividends of democracy.
Awards were given in four categories, namely ‘Overall best three pupils’; ‘Best teacher in English language, Mathematics, Economics and Biology;’ ‘Best three head teachers’ and ‘Overall best three schools’.
Source: The Nation Nigeria