Sanwo-Olu bags Best Performance Award at OPAS AFRICA graduation ceremony
By Damilola Kushimo
Sanwo-Olu receiving her award
One of the beneficiaries of the Oliyide Poverty Alleviation Solution (OPAS AFRICA) free computer training in Isolo, Timilehin Grace Sanwo-Olu, was awarded as the Best student during the graduation ceremony held on Saturday.
Sanwo-Olu emerged one of the best students out of the 100 student who graduated from the training.
The graduation ceremony which rounded-up the 2-month intensive computer training exercise organised by the founder of the Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Hon. Ayodele Oliyide who stated that ICT knowledge is most relevant especially in this contemporary world of computer.
He revealed that computer education was chosen this time around because of the itching desire to invest in the youths, just as Fishery education and Tye and Dye had been organized for the adults and the aged ones in the community. However, he made it known that having realised that computer is the present stage of life, emphasizing that the all-in-one gadget has made the world a global village, the idea to organise the educative program became ideal.
Hon. Oliyide (2nd) presenting the certificate and plague to Sanwo-Olu and her mother
“OPAS AFRICA Is an NGO whose aim is to heal the world by organising various empowerment programs to everyone in the community, via any possible means. Previously, we’ve organised empowerments on Tye and Dye production and also fish farming training. Now, we are doing computer training and we still intend to do more. This time around, we chose to invest in the youths with computer education after I’ve realized that computer is what people think is the next level in the world today but, the truth is that, computer is only the present stage of life. Looking at it from global angle, computer has linked the word together effectively and efficiently. The moment you log onto the website, you have the world in control. So, there’s need for us to make sure that youths especially, those at the grassroots are abreast of the international advancements and possess sufficient knowledge about it,” he said.
The graduating students
Oliyide highlighted funds and lackadaisical attitude from the students as the serious challenges encountered during the exercise but, stressed that none was able to mar the program and the result is what is being celebrated.
“One way or the other we were challenged by funds and the lackadaisical attitudes of the students. Because at times, we’ll have to make sure they feel encouraged. There’s something about life, a knowledge you don’t pay for, you may not have enough reason to value it during the acquisition but to the glory of God, they are appreciating it today and that’s why we are here.”
“Well, we expect the student to replicate what we have done, it’s like a ripple. We only know when It starts, we don’t know when it’ll end. We expect them to continue the good work, to replicate it when the time comes,” he concluded.
Speaking on her feat, Sanwo-Olu said she was able to sail through with dedication and perseverance.
One of the beneficiaries identified as Sodiq Mubarak expressed his profound appreciation to the organizer and promised to emulate his good deeds, ” I’m very happy for the knowledge I’ve been able to acquire here, the exercise was very interesting. I have been opportune to learn about many computer programs and I’m very good at them. With what I’ve learnt, I’ll make sure I heal the world, provide solution to world problem in relation to computer. I’ll like to appreciate Hon. Oliyide for impacting in me this computer knowledge at this point in time. I want to be like him. He should expect a greater me in the future.”
“I feel very excited today. I’ve been motivated as I’ve learnt many things about the computer. Things I couldn’t have imagined on my own, my sincere appreciation goes to Hon. Oliyide for believing in me. I’ll make sure I don’t stop here, I’ll learn more and make use of the knowledge, positively. I’ll make sure I heal the world and make Hon. Oliyide proud,” another graduating student, Akande Oluwasegun Amos confessed.
Mrs. Alao Tawakalitu, a parent of a graduand express her desire to help consolidate on what her son has learnt during the course of the computer training and prays to God to reward Hon. Oliyide according to His riches, “I feel honored being a parent here, I welcomed the idea when I learnt about it and today, my son is a graduate. I’ll keep giving him all manner of support; moral, spiritual and physical. I pray may Almighty Allah reward Hon. Oliyide according to His divine riches.”
Dignitaries at the event includes the immediate past LGA Chairman, APC Isolo, Alh. Wahab Raji, Representative of Chairman Ejigbo LCDA, Hon. Salako Ademola, Hon. Princess Olateru Olagbegi, Elder Samuel Ogunlolu, Hon. Abolore Adebayo Ariyoh and others.