4th May, 2011
The Chairman, Lagos Assembly ad hoc Committee on Information, Ipoola Omisore, has warned secondary school students in his Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 2 to abstain from the use of drugs and other harmful substances.
Omisore, who gave this warning while flagging off his annual free tutorial classes for students preparing for the Senior School Certificate Examinations in the constituency, enjoined them to form good dressing habit and have the right attitude to life as the leaders of tomorrow.
The lawmaker said he had spent part of his monthly salary on the programme since he was elected to represent the constituency at the state House of Assembly, adding that so far, he had been encouraged by the students who have attended the free classes as they have always excelled in their examinations.
â€œA total of 230 students participated last year and most of them passed their WASSCE including English Language and Mathematics. Actually, I didnâ€™t organise the programme because of the election, we did it last year when there was no election and we will still do it next year,â€ he said.
He further told the enthusiastic students that he paid the tuition fees of the best three students last year when they gained admission to higher institutions of learning, promising to do the same this year.
The lawmaker said reports from the past examinations showed that the students passed core subjects such as Mathematics, English Language, Accounts and the sciences.
Omisore said: â€œI am glad that a lot of our former students are in the universities. The results of last yearâ€™s exams show that my investment in the project has been very worthwhile.
â€œThis year, we have three centres, one in Ojokoro High School, one in Vetland Grammar School and the other in Alakuko and about 425 benefited from this gesture. We employed teachers to coach students in core subjects like sciences, Economics, English Language and Accounts.
â€œWe have qualified lecturers in the centres and some of them are examiners of WASSCE and would sure impart knowledge on the students.â€
Addressing the students, the Education Secretary of Ifako/Ijaiye, Mr. Balogun Taiwo, counselled them to be serious in their studies as this would help them to achieve their goals in life.
He also advised them to be considerate with their parents who, according to him, toil daily to ensure they have good education.
On her part, Mrs. Lawal, a chieftain of the ACN in the area, said the programme was a way of supporting the students to achieve their aims in life.
She admonished them to work for their certificates since it is the gateway to progress in life. A number of the beneficiaries who spoke with Assembly Matters, expressed happiness over the gesture and promised to make the lawmaker proud of his investment in them.