Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, (TESCOM) on Friday, honoured two students and five teachers for distinguishing themselves in various competitions.
The chairman of TESCOM, Pastor Akinade Alamu in his address at second phase of Teachers’ Solidarity rally for Governor Seyi Makinde, held in Ibadan, noted that the award was initiated to motivate the students and their teachers, who had performed brilliantly and also encourage others to follow suit.
He added that Oyo State Government is poised to recognise and celebrate excellence, success, diligence, hard work, dedication and selflessness.
The awardees include, Mrs. Egunjobi Elizabeth Mofolashade, a Principal at St. Anne’s School, Molete, Ibadan, who received an award for her selfless dedication during the long COVID-19 vacation.
Also awarded were Mrs. Olatunji Olufunmilayo Ayoade, Mr. Olanrewaju Olayiwola Olateju and Miss Adepoju Aminat Adedayo, from St. Anne’s School.
According to Alamu, they were recognised for their exceptional methods of coaching their students to earn global awards.
The chairman noted that their dedication earned two students from St. Anne’s School first and second positions in the recent Commonwealth Essay competition globally.
The students, Mariam Lawal and Deborah Olatunji, were also given awards of recognition by the state government.
The state Government also recognised a Ph.D student who teaches at Bishop Phillips Academy, Ogundiji Olasunkanmi, for winning the National Maltina competition.
“These students and their teachers exhibited outstanding zeal in attaining excellence at various competitions. It took them commitment, responsibility, focus, determination, creativity, innovation, purpose-driven attitude and the fighting spirit to win laurels at local and international competitions,” Alamu said.
He noted that the celebration differs from the other solidarity rallies, because the state dovernment deemed it fit to return same gesture to teachers who willingly gave themselves to support Governor Makinde’s re-election bid.
He promised that the state government will give more awards to different recipients and other stakeholders that have been collaborating with the state to advance the education sector.
“We are proud of Oyo State students who are winning laurels in global and national competitions. We have two of our students from St. Anne’s that won the Commonwealth Essay Test. It is a global competition and I must say this is a great feat for us in Oyo TESCOM. On behalf of Governor Makinde, I am honoured to present them these awards. This is a token of our appreciation, to let them know that we appreciate what they are doing and we want them to do more,” the chairman said.
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mrs. Bisi Oderinde, acknowledged the teachers for their commitment and determination at making the students excel in the global competition, saying that they were the reason the students are being celebrated.
She urged students and teachers in the state not to rest on their oars, adding that more awards await them in future.
“Do not rest on your oars, this is just the beginning, there are more honours awaiting you in the future, globally,” the PS stated.
In her welcome address, the Head of Zone 3, Alhaja Ololade Azeez, commended the Makinde-led administration in the state for its unrelenting support towards the workforce.
The event was attended by representatives of all affiliate bodies of Nigeria Union of Teachers, including Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Non-Academic Staff Union, among others.