The feat achieved by 24-year old Oluwadara Olaoluwa as the youngest doctorate degree holder in Physics in Africa and in Mathematics in Nigeria has justified our investment in education, the Ekiti State Government said at the weekend.
The government described the feat as a reflection of the quality of education in the Fountain of Knowledge State and an attestation that Ekiti remained in the forefront in education, not only in Nigeria but also in Africa.
The government vowed to provide all necessary infrastructure, education materials and conducive learning environment in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state to enable the state keep its pride of place in the education sector.
Governor Kayode Fayemi renewed the commitment at inauguration of the Main Gate to the College of Education (COED), Ikere-Ekiti as part of the projects to mark the 4th anniversary of his administration in office.
Represented by his deputy, Prof Modupe Adelabu, the governor pointed out that education, which remained the main industry of the state, has earned Ekiti the Fountain of Knowledge acronym.
He said the government was proud of the COED as one of the best in the country and with the highest enrollment of students among such institutions in Nigeria.
His words: “This institution is one the best you can find anywhere in Nigeria with the kind of educational facilities such as lecture theatres, technical workshops, laboratories that are in place, as well as academic and non-academic members of staff whose capacities have been adequately developed with local, national and international training and workshops to enable them compete favourably with their colleagues anywhere in the country and even be lecturers in universities.”
The governor said the gate, which will create the first impression on passers-by and visitors to the institution will add to the good image it has earned through academic performance.
Commending the Provost and the management of the college for the judicious and prudent use of funds and grants, Fayemi advised students to make the best use of facilities provided by the government with tax-payers’ funds.
In her remark, the Provost, Prof. Francisca Aladejana, disclosed that the college, which is the oldest institution in the state was created thirty four years ago and has been without a perimeter fence and a befitting Main Entrance which has exposed the institution to invaders among other dangers.
The Provost who thanked the government for restoring the annual grant to the institution, disclosed that the main gate was built and several other capital projects implemented from the N155.455 million released to the institution by the government.
Also inaugurated at the weekend were: a storey building of six classrooms and a three-classroom block at St. Andrew’s Primary School, Emure-Ekiti and the ultra-modern Early Childhood Development Education Centre (ECDEC) in Ikere-Ekiti.