Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday, approved a full scholarship for a public secondary pupil, Oyinbo Precious, to commemorate the 2021 celebration of the World Children’s Day.
This year’s event was held at the usual MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Precious, a Senior Secondary School (SSS 2) pupil of Naiwar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Obantoko Abeokuta, got the scholarship for her brilliant citation on the obligations of parents towards their children shortly after the march past to celebrate the Children’s Day.
Announcing the scholarship, the governor said he listened to the citation of Precious and he was impressed by her fluency and courage to face the crowd, hence, his decision to approve a scholarship for her.
Abiodun, who disclosed that the scholarship will cover her secondary and tertiary education, directed his Special Adviser on Basic Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, to work out the modalities for the scholarship.
The governor noted that his administration would continue to identify young talents in the state and offer them needed platforms to excel in both academic and vocational studies.
While saying that Children’s Day has become significant not only to children but to the entire nation, he declared “children deserve to be celebrated every day because they are our future.
“We must therefore sacrifice today for them to have a future to build on.
“Children are the foundation of life; and also future leaders. It is through them that the continuity of the basic core values of our society would be assured, preserved and improved upon. This fact is ascertained by traditional African beliefs and all the major religions of the world. Celebrating this important segment of our population, therefore, is not out of place
“Children’s Day celebration has evolved over the years. Indeed, this day provides an avenue for the review of the needs and aspirations of our children and an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the cause of the children. They (children) are a vulnerable segment of our society and adults whether as parents or guardians, corporate bodies, philanthropic organisations or even government, owe them certain duties and obligations.
“Without mincing words, this celebration also affords us a chance to reiterate our administration’s commitment to critical policies and programmes that will enable our children to optimally realise their creative and productive potential.”
He stressed that the theme for this year’s Children’s Day Celebration, ‘Investing in our Future means Investing in our Children’ is apt, timely and in consonance with his administration’s policies and programmes under the mantra of ‘Building Our Future Together.”
The governor added that the state under his leadership would continue to focus on science technology, engineering and mathematics education, so as to harness young talent and catapult them into global reckoning in science, technology, medicine among others.
However, while the event was going on inside the mainbowl, some pupils outside the stadium engaged themselves in street fights around Kuto and had to be dispersed by security agents.
The event also witnessed march past by voluntary and humanitarian organisations.