LAGOS – A group known as the Youth of All Nations Empowerment Association (YOANEA) on Thursday gave scholarship awards to 18 students, who distinguished themselves in its examination.
Babatunde Abdulmalik emerged the overall best student in Lagos State, having scored 89.5 per cent.
Babatunde, a student of the State Senior Grammar School, Surulere, got a cash prize of N1.5 million.
Joseph Yeko of Epe Senior Grammar School, Epe, came second, scoring 88.5 per cent. He won N1 million for his efforts.
Mariam Ajadee came third in the examination, scoring 86 per cent, and winning N500, 000 prize.
Ajadee is a student of the Araromi Senior Secondary School, Sari Iganmu.
Earlier, the group’s President, Mr Babatunde Ifenuga, said that the cash rewards would assist the beneficiaries in their tertiary education.
According to him, the winners emerged from 340 public senior secondary schools students in the state.
Ifenuga said that 15 other winners from the six educational districts in the state would get cash prizes ranging from N20, 000 to N50, 000, to support their education.
He hoped that the scholarship would encourage the students to be focused, disciplined and dedicated to their studies.
The Chairman of the occasion, Dr Michael Dominic, advised the beneficiaries and their parents not to allow themselves to be used by politicians as thugs.
Mr Yusuf Abdulmalik, the father of the overall best student, lauded the organisers of the awards.
Babatunde Abdulmalik, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked God and the organisers of the gesture. (NAN)