Adejoke-Orelope-Ade, deputy governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, has encouraged students to seek excellence. She is a motivational speaker inside the West African state, Africa's most populous., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Deputy Governor urges students on greatness
Posted by: Oziegbe Okoeki on March 28, 2013
Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has urged students to dedicate themselves and challenge life to bring out the talent God has given them.
Mrs Orelope-Adefulire gave the advice during her motivational speech at the programme organised by the Chief Whip of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun for senior secondary students in his Surulere 11 Constituency to mark his 43rd birthday. The event tagged: Bringing legislature and mentorship to the classroom’ and held at Aguda was to mark Balogun’s 43rd birthday.
Mrs Orelope-Adefulire said: “Your parents have nurtured you and the government has created opportunities for you to take advantage of and become great in life.
Nothing stops you from getting to the highest height but you must dedicate yourselves to your studies, be determined, have a focus today, start reading your books, ask questions if you don’t understand, that is the only way to get it right.
“You must have passion for education and you must have ambition and work towards achieving your ambition. You must not nag or be proud. Be humble, responsible and abide by rules. Do not keep bad company; respect yourselves, parents, teachers and elders,” she said.
Balogun told the students that it is only education, and not poverty alleviation programmes that can take one out of poverty.
He advised them to stay focused and not be discouraged no matter the challenges confronting them today and that they should be ready to participate actively in the political process in the future so that good leaders can emerge.
“You must continue to be obedient, our role is to continue to give you the best and ensure that the education sector continues to thrive,” he said.
“I strongly believe it is only education that can take them to greater height. It is an opportunity to inspire and encourage them, talk to them about life so that they can excel in future and also drive it home to them the importance of exercising their civic responsibility in future”, he said.
The lawmaker who assured that the event would henceforth be annual, used the occasion to give out prizes which included cash, books and school bags to two students each from three secondary schools who came first, second and third in the quiz competition he organised the previous day for the five senior secondary schools in the constituency.
While Sanya Senior Grammar School, Ijesha Tedo came first, Jubilee Senior Model College came second and Ijesha Tedo Senior Secondary School came third. The other schools that participated in the competition are: Coker Senior Secondary School, Orile Iganmu and Aguda Senior Grammar School, Aguda.