By Bode Akinwumi

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has commended members of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), for contributing meaningfully to the advancement of science education in Ondo State.

Receiving members of the state chapter of the association in his office in Akure, Governor Akeredolu expressed satisfaction at the commitment to duties of science teachers in the state which he said led to the excellent peformance of students who represented the state at the 20th edition of the National Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) competition  in Lagos.

The Governor who noted the importance of science to humanity and in the area of development, applauded the association for its wonderful efforts.

“All of us know the importance of science. I commend you on your achievements over time, especially on your feat at the JETS competition. We are indeed, very impressed with your good work, because you did us proud with your students”, he said.

While consenting to the sponsorship request of the association to its Annual Conference, the Governor who reiterated his administration’s readiness to encourage science teachers through assistance on publication of latest science related books and allowances as soon as the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) increases.

Earlier, the  Ondo State Chairman of STAN, Mrs Omolade Oludare had appreciated the governor for the awards given to the victorious JETS students. She described Science and Technological education together with Information Communication Technology (ICT) as the most veritable instrument for meaningful development. She called for more opportunities for a life-long learning which provide students with greater opportunities on guided inquiry in Science,Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in order to promote creativity and facilitate global competitiveness.

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

“STAN is committed to contributing more meaningfully and sustainably to national goals as the nation is clamouring for the use of science and technology as a catalyst for the actualization of vision 2020,

“As a consequence, there is a need for our State noble Science teachers who are surveyors of intellectual development of future generation to update their skills to meet the current millennium challenges”, she said.

Mrs Oludare stated that at the STAN Annual conferences in the last ten years, Ondo State has consistently won laurels in quiz competitions and projects, adding that one of its science teachers won the STAN President Best Teacher Award in the federation for two years (2014 and 2015) consecutively.

The Chairman who promised that teachers of science in the state would not rest on their oars, assured that the association will continue to put the name of the state in the Hall of Fame in National Science and Technology competitions.

The STAN Chairman also pleaded for sponsorship of state delegates to the 2017 Annual Conference of STAN slated to hold in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State during which Primary School Pupils, Secondary School Students from the state and their teachers will participate in quiz and science project exhibitions.

While pleading for the support of the State Government to enable STAN host the 2018 Physics Panel, the chairman passionately requested for an upward review of Science and Technology Teacher allowance in the state.

Seven students from the state who participated in the 20th edition of the National Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) competition, held in Lagos emerged winners in several categories of the competition and  were recently honoured by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

The students were also adjudged overall best in inter-state quiz competition, defeating twenty-two (22) other states and carting home twelve (12) trophies and other awards.

The seven students who did the state proud at the competition include; Okoh Nicodemus, Adegbola Memorial Grammar School, Akure; Olalumade Ezekiel, Dominion Science Academy, Owo; Akingbulugbe Oluwatobiloba, Hallmark Secondary School, Ondo City.

Others are Itakorode Oluwasegun and Banji-Ojo of  Great  Model Secondary School, Akure with Mercy Akintade and Ogunsooto Kemisola from  Methodist High School, Okitipupa.

The students won Twelve trophies, 10 Gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals including cash prizes at the competition held between 12th and 20th of March this year.