Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has urged students in the state to pursue educational attainment with determination, saying the only stepping stone to greatness is hard work.
The governor said this yesterday at the banquet of the Government House, Oke-Igbein, Abeokuta while hosting students of the 2016 Ogun State Summer Camp.
The students, who had concluded a two-kilometre endurance trek from ItaIyalode area of the state to the government house, were received by the governor, his wife, Olufunso and other members of the state executive council.
The state government had inaugurated the summer camp for about 250 students at the Model School, Ewekoro to kick-start the commencement of operations of the multi-billion naira model schools in September for the 2016/2017 academic session.
Amosun, who was also joined by his Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, and top government functionaries, enjoined the students to imbibe the lessons learnt during the camp.
According to him, the young ones are Nigeria’s future leaders and they must be well nurtured to fulfil their aspirations.
The governor stressed that there is no shortcut to greatness in life, but through education and hard work.
Amosun also restated the commitment of his administration towards investing heavily in education to enhance human capital development and access to quality service delivery.
He said, “The stepping stone to greatness is hard work, there is no shortcut; and one thing that is a leveller, whether you are the son of the rich or the poor, is education. Once you have education, you will mix and mingle with kings and queens.
“If you are well read and educated, there is no barrier for you in life. That is why it’s very key that all you are taught in this summer camp imbibe and take it along wherever you go.”
Amosun explained that his administration’s investment in education was aimed at securing the future of the youths, saying “Politicians will just think about today but statesmen think about tomorrow.”
The governor also advised the students to emulate good role models, noting that the Gateway State had produced numerous eminent personalities in various fields of human endeavour.
The students took turns to share their experiences at the camp, which continues till next week.
They particularly thanked the government for the opportunity to participate in the summer camp most especially german language with which many of them greeted the governor.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Modupe Mujota, commended the governor for providing the enabling environment and resources to actualise the model schools.
Mujota said the summer camp initiative was aimed at engaging children constructively during the ongoing holiday.
The commissioner expressed gratitude to security personnel, ministry officials and other stakeholders for the success of the programme.

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