By: Wisdom Acka
In recognition of excellent performance at various national and international competitions, the FCT Administration has hosted and presented gifts to over 100 students and teachers in FCT schools.
The students, drawn from public and private schools in the FCT, competed with their counterparts, including those in developed countries, in essay, quizze and debate competitions last year, and defeated them.
Presenting laptop gifts to the students and teachers, the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, expressed delight that the awardees cut across different schools, age grades and all the Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister, who was represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, commended the students and their teachers for the achievements; saying their successes at the competitions could not have come without hard work and dedication.
His words: “We have the awardees cutting across all the age brackets in the school system. This speaks volume as to the capability of our teachers and the good work you are doing. That is why some of our teachers also received awards because the system has come to realize and appreciate the fact that the students did not become what they are without the teacher”.
He extolled the virtues of hard work, saying: “You’ve had handshakes with the Minister, you were received by the Chief of Staff to the Minister, by the Mandate Secretary of Education and very senior officials of the FCT Administration.
“Always remember that you could not have benefited from this if you did not work hard and it always pays to work hard”, he added.
Earlier in his address, Secretary for Education, Mallam Sani Dahir El-Katazu thanked the FCT Administration for providing unfettered support for the Education Secretariat.
He stated that the achievements were only possible because the FCT Administration prioritized welfare of teachers and provided the needed support for the growth and development of education in the nation’s capital.
El-Katazu explained that the awards were won by over 100 students and teachers in various fields of academics, social and sporting activities; noting that the winners emanated from both public and private schools in both senior and junior categories.
Responding on behalf of the awardees, Master Anyanwu Lofty John of Loyola Jesuit College, winner of the 774 Young Nigerian Scientist Presidential Award, attributed their successes to the efforts of their teachers, parents and other support systems within the FCT that have helped to develop their potentials.