Primary and secondary school students have been advised to have thirst for knowledge by cultivating the habit of reading, if they aspire to become leaders of tomorrow and great in life.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Engineer Bunmi Ayegoro, who was represented by the Deputy Director of Social Mobilisation and Strategy in the ministry, Mr Bunmi Oladele, pointed out that the vision of becoming leaders of tomorrow must begin today with the search for knowledge.
Oladele, who also read the address of the permanent secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Mr Folorunso Alao, commended the state Council for Arts and Culture, for organising the competition, which was an opportunity for students to exhibit their intellectual qualities and be recognised based on their display of intelligence.
The permanent secretary, while assuring that the government will lend a helping hand in the organisation of educative programmes, then charged all parents to provide conducive environment for children to learn and study hard, so that they can grow and develop into responsible adults.
In his welcome address, the Executive Director of Culture in the state Council for Arts and Culture Mr Olaolu Olawumi, explained that language was the strongest part of people’s culture, hence the quiz competition was planned in order to draw attention of students to reading.
During the exercise, students from selected schools across the state participated in the reading competition to the audience.
While the students also listened to the organisers of the programme, who read in turns for the participants, participated schools were given prizes for attending the programme.
Various dignitaries across the state attended the programme.