Ogun state has continue to prove that it is first in all aspects, especially in the education sector by producing winners in the just concluded Southwest Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) competition, that cut across the southwest states.
The competition which saw the state emerging first positions in eleven (11) various competition out of seventeen (17), such as the best interstate competition, best in primary mathematics, quiz competition, best in biology, chemistry and computer quiz competition in the junior secondary categories and best in the senior school categories in mathematics, physics, technology.
The State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu addressing the participants at the maiden ediition of the southwest JETS competition, with the theme ” The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in addressing Human and Food Insecurity amidst COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, held at Abeokuta Grammar School.
The commissioner while commending the participants for a good sporting spirit, urged them to continue to tow the path of excellence, which he said would prepare them for future challenges, he opined that the effort invested in maintaining and improving the standard of JETS’ competition would helped to lay a good foundation for the economic recovery and development of the country, defining the role of science and technology as the bedrock of any developed nation.
“Science and technology cannot be put aside in the development of any nation, hence, the continous investment of all governors in the southwest states in this aspect, and Ogun state has proven to be the best of them all, with the harvest of all our first winnings, but I still want to encourage them not to relent, they are still going to meet other counterparts from the other geo-political zones in Nigeria and we want them to do us proud by bringing the laurels home”, he said.
Arigbabu showed his delight at the record of winnings by the state, which he said has placed the state as the overall winner to represent the southwest at the national level in Abuja, he therefore, charged the representatives to not rest on their oars, by putting in their best to bring the prizes home and make the southwest states proud.
In his remarks, the Chairman, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, represented by the Director, department of Academics and School Services, Mrs. Jokotade Agbatiogun revealed that the emergence of Covid-19 pandemic had been an eye opener on the need to adopt a technological-driven education and to also raised the bar of educational delivery in the country.
The chairman, identified scientific advancement for any nation to develop, he therefore urged all education stakeholders to put in motion to further promote science courses in order to put the country at par with the global trends and meet with the current industrial revolution.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, enjoined all the learners across the South-West states to put in their best at the national competition, to enable them emerged overall champions.
In his goodwill message, the Deputy Director, Science Education department, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Fani Ohie said that teaching of sciences in schools have evolved to figure out phenomena and design solutions to problems, he therefore sued for states to collaborates more with the federal ministry of education to promote the objectives of JETS in nigeria.