The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commended the performance of Ehizogie Jeffrey Aidelogie, who emerged as the best candidate in the state in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), organised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Aidelogie also ranks among the first ten highest scorers in the 2021 UTME which held across the country.
Obaseki commended Aidelogie when he received him in his office at the Government House, Benin City, the Edo State Capital.
According to him, “Let me congratulate you and the management of Saint Michael College in Ikhueniro in Benin here for this great achievement. As a government, anything education is our priority. We are encouraged by what you are doing. We will continue to support your efforts. We are investing at the very foundational stage of education with the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme. We are scaling EDOBEST to junior, senior secondary schools as well as technical schools.
“We are training the teachers and giving them the appropriate tools to impact knowledge in these young children. We are glad that there are some schools of excellence like St. Micheal. I am quite pleased that the school is doing well and it’s been recognized nationally.
“So I want to thank you Jeffrey for your achievement so far. You know that this is just the beginning; now you are in the limelight, we are watching you, we are going to keep track of your progress; I just know that you will make us proud like you have started doing.”
Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, said that he was glad to be part of the event to add his voice to that of the governor, noting that Nigerians are the most gifted people in the world.
Duke called on Jeffery to encourage those around him to thrive academically like himself, saying that a lot of people are proud of his achievements.
Earlier, Ehizogie Jeffrey Aidelogie, who scored 347 in the exam, ascribed the success to hard work and support from his teacher, classmates and his parents.
Aidelogie said that his meeting with Governor Obaseki was an inspiration, promising that he will remain a good ambassador of the state.