House of Representative member, representing Mainland Federal constituency, Hon. Olajide Jimoh has distributed textbooks and other educational materials to schools in his constituency.
Jimoh made to this gesture during a one-day Academic Counseling and Interactive Session he organised for senior secondary school students in his constituency.
The rep member also awarded a student of Herbert Macaulay Girls Senior High school, Miss Adeshina Abimbola with a laboratory tools for her brilliance and love for science.
Jimoh, while speaking to the students during the event, urged them to find time to know their lawmakers and where their offices are situated, adding that even as teenagers, they should begin to ask questions from their representatives when things are going wrong .
The lawmaker, who expressed joy over the performance of Miss Abimbola stressed that education is about knowledge, service and leadership, adding that every opportunity should be judiciously used by the students.
The guest lecturer, Dr. Oluremi Olaleye from University of Lagos who spoke on the topic, ‘21st Century Approach To Academic Excellence’ educated the students on examination malpractices and parents who aid and abet the act.
The guest lecturer who was represented by Mr. Jamiu Olujaji also appealed to the government at all levels to find a lasting solution to the sorry state of education in the country.
According to him, there are official websites for examination malpractices where students get ‘expo’ for their examinations, saying those in charge of education were helpless in this regard.
Stressing on the theme, he opined that reward system in the country was poor, adding that parents reward their children with phones and laptops instead of things that will add values to their lives.
He appealed to government to give teachers their dues, saying without them being motivated, the nation’s education sector might not progress.
Olaleye listed the essential skills students should have in order to progress such as critical thinking, creativity and good communication, urging them to choose the right role model they can always look up to to guide them right.
The programme also availed the students the opportunity to ask questions from their representatives and get feedbacks on the motions and law passed on the floor of the House of Representatives that would improve education in Nigeria.