Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday adopted the overall best graduating student of Lagos State University (LASU), Fuad Adetoro Ogunsanya, who finished with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.78 in Business Administration.
The governor gave Ogunsanya N5 million, pledging to sponsor his postgraduate studies in any school of his choice worldwide during the institution’s 22nd convocation.
Ambode said he rewarded Ogunsanya for his doggedness, despite the health challenges that delayed his education, a situation he said was similar to his, TheNation writes.
“The Lagos State government does not generally give scholarship anymore, but your story is too compelling and is a reflection of my own story. I will adopt and sponsor you anywhere you want to go for your Master’s. I will personally be responsible for it.
“In addition, for emerging the overall best student, I will give you N5 million. An occasion as this deserves serious attention as the education of our youths is paramount to us.”
In his valedictory speech, Ogunsanya told how cataract in both eyes affected his performance in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and delayed his education.
The 24-year-old, who lost his father in 2015, said he had to do a second surgery to remove the defect when the first failed before he was able to make his ‘O’ Level papers.
“I eventually had a successful surgery at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan (Oyo State capital) before sitting for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and getting admission into LASU. I wanted to study Accounting, but at that time the course was not accredited and Business Administration was available. So, I had to grab it. Today, see where that impromptu decision has brought me,” he said.
LASU’s Chancellor Justice Adesola Oguntade, who is Nigeria’s High Commissioner in the United Kingdom (UK), advised the graduating students to provide solutions to the nation’s problems.
He said: “Create a change that you will be proud to leave for the next generation,” he said.
“Be courageous. Follow your instinct, embrace collaboration and do not allow failure to stop you.”