Local Government Primary School, Oore-Ofe has emerged winner of the High Chief Solomon Ogundola Quiz Competition coordinated by the Koleade Memorial Foundation in conjunction with Egbe-Idimu LCDA.
The competition held at the council secretariat on Tuesday, March 13.
The competition, which tested participants on Mathematics, English, Yoruba and General Knowledge subjects, had seven schools in attendance, out of which Local Government Primary School, Oore-Ofe emerged winner.
The Coordinator, Koleade Memorial Foundation, Bola Akeem Koleade, said that the foundation embarked on the competition to encourage education in the council.
He said, “I am passionate about this; it is a way of contributing to the future of the kids.
“We are encouraging them because they are the future of this country.
“I appreciate education a lot; some other people contribute to the society through organising dance competitions or other forms of entertainment but for me I prefer to invest in education in order to encourage the children and to celebrate the good brains in the community.”
Koleade commended the council chairman, Hon. Kunle Sanyaolu Olowoopejo, for supporting the project.
“I thank the chairman especially for supporting and making the programme come to fruition,” he added.
He noted, “I am doing this because of the role the community played in my life, the community has shaped me into what I am today and I am grateful to God.”
Furthermore, he advised the students to believe in themselves to be able to achieve great things in life.
Koleade added that he decided to name the competition after Ilejoka of Ijokaland, High Chief Solomon Ogundola, because he is a community leader who is passionate about community development.
He said, “I’ve known him for a long time now and he is always willing to impact the community.”
Reacting, the Chairman of Egbe-Idimu LCDA lauded the foundation for assisting the government to improve education in the council.
Addressing the pupils, Olowoopejo said, “I am impressed with this as it is a way of engaging you and improving your learning skills.
“We need people like this in our community because the government cannot do it all.
“He has shown a good example by giving back to the society and my government is willing to support anyone willing to do the same.
“This event will also foster interaction among pupils of various schools.”
Also speaking, High Chief Solomon Ogundola aka Adimula, who the competition is named after, charged the pupils to take hold of their dreams.
Ogundola, who was represented by Miss Folashade Ogundola, stated that paying attention to their studies would help the students achieve their dreams.
The Council Head of Administration, Mr. Osikoya Sogo, equally charged the students to be of good behaviour.
He said, “Today is one of the days to decide if you want to be great, (and) from what I can see you all are matching towards greatness and I urge you to be good to your parents and everyone you meet.”
Meanwhile, the winners of the quiz competition went home with 100,000 naira, the first runner-up was given 50,000 naira, while the second runner-up took home 25,000 naira.
Other dignitaries present at the event include the Supervisor for Education, Egbe-Idimu LCDA, Comrade Gbenga Olukeye and Egbe-Idimu Community Development Committee Chairman, Elder J.O Akinsanya.