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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has urged Nigerians not to be discouraged by the prevailing security and economic challenges confronting the nation, urging them to be steadfast in prayer for a turnaround. Abiodun made the appeal on Thursday at the 13th Annual Synod of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Diocese of Remo Central. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the synod, themed: ‘Watch and Pray’, was held at the Methodist Church, Oke-Oja, Isara-Remo in Remo-North Local Government Area of the state. The governor equally urged the people to be cautious and avoid using inflammatory words capable of causing disunity in the country. Abiodun, who noted that conflicts were inevitable in every human society, urged Nigerians to always strive to look for amicable ways of resolving such conflicts whenever they arose. Describing the theme as apt, he called on the public to pray for the country and its leaders, saying that “Prayers can turn unpleasant situations around”. While lauding adherents of different religions for maintaining peaceful co-existence in the state, the governor acknowledged the support of religious leaders towards his administration. Abiodun explained that Ogun had recorded huge achievements under his leadership. He listed some of the achievements to include massive road constructions, provision of affordable housing, renovation of primary health centres and primary schools across the state. The governor further said that the state security apparatus had been reinvigorated with the provision of patrol vehicles and communication gadgets. He assured that his administration would continue to combat crime to guarantee a peaceful state. Earlier in his remarks, the Diocesan Bishop of Remo Central, Rt. Rev. Olu Akinola, urged the governor to always be attentive and to spend quality time with God for divine direction. The cleric further commended Gov. Abiodun for his achievements in the areas of roads, housing, security and employment.
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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has donated  a two-bedroom bungalow and N2 million to  the 2020 overall  best graduating student of Lagos State University (LASU) Oladimeji Shotunde, an indigene of the state.

The governor made the announcement during a celebration of Ogun academic laureates 2021, held at the Obas Complex, Abeokuta, on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor also gifted Mr Ademola Adeeko, of Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta,  winner of 2020 African Union Continental Teacher’s Award, a two-bedroom bungalow.
The governor announced that the state government would also set up an education endowment fund for Miss Faith Odunsi of the Ambassadors College, Ota,  in Ogun, winner of Global Open Mathematics Tournament.
He noted that the event was another symbolic confirmation of the status of the state, not only as the education capital of Nigeria, but as the intellectual melting-pot in Nigeria.
Abiodun said that education remained one of the biggest industries in the state and one of the proudest legacies bequeathed to it by her  founding fathers, promising that the government would sustain the legacy.
 “This is why immediately on assumption of office on May 29, 2019, we declared a state of emergency on education. It was a methodical and calculated approach to rescue the education sector from the dwindling fortunes inflicted on it by the indifference of the past.
“What could have happened to the education of the state that produced the likes of Prof. Wole Soyinka, the first Nigerian and African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature; Prof. Thomas  Lambo, the first professor of Psychiatric Medicine in Nigeria?
He listed others produced by the state as Prof. Biyi Afonja, Professor of Statistics; Prof. Olikoye Ransome Kuti, the renowned   Paediatrician; Emeritus Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi, the first Professor of Medicine in Nigeria; Prof. Oyinade Olurin, the first female Professor of Medicine, Prof. Anthony Asiwaju, foremost Historian.
Abiodun said that the present administration focused on infrastructure development, human capital development, provision of conducive environment, among many others, to redeem the sector and restore the lost glory.
He assured the people  that the state government would continue to put measures in place toward providing quality education necessary for the development of the state.

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The governor charged teachers, as important stakeholders, to continue to discharge their professional duties creditably beyond the new demands of COVID-19.
He appealed to teachers to ensure that the children were adequately catered for physically, mentally and socially in preparation for future challenges.
NAN reports that Soyinka; Prof. Isiaq  Oloyede, Registrar,  Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB); and Prof. Anthony Asiwaju, Professor of History, joined the event virtually.
They commended the governor for recognising success, urging him to continue to take the state to greater heights.
NAN reports that the governor also honoured 25 others for academic excellence. (NAN)

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