Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has awarded full-time scholarship and present a cash to Maryam Ogunbayo, the overall winner of the 2022 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award (YONSPA).
Maryam represented Gombe state in the competition and emerged the overall winner with 119 points beating all the other States.
Maryam Ogunbayo was also the best in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics during the competition which was held last week in Abuja.
Inuwa Yahaya who was impressed by her outstanding performance announced a scholarship award to the trailblazing Maryam to whatever level of her academic career and a cash gift for making Gombe state proud.
He further applauded the competitive spirit of the young scientists and congratulated her as well as the management and staff of her school, Pen Resource Academy and her parents over the feat achieved.
The Governor also commended the Commissioner of Science and Technology as well as the staff of her Ministry for providing enabling environment for youngsters to explore and exploit their potentials.
He then charged other youngsters in the state to take advantage of the efforts Gombe state government is making in improving education by borrowing a leaf from young Maryam Ogunbayo in their academic pursuits, saying, “Let the sky be your starting point “.
An elated Maryam Ogunbayo, was accompanied to the Government House by the Commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Aisha Umar Maigari, Principal of Pen Resource Academy as well as her parents.
While presenting the SS3 student to the Governor, the Commissioner said that since coming on board, the present administration has been holding Science competitions annually at the state level in order to boost creativity among young people.
She also said that: “This year, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation conducted the competition where Maryam Ogunbayo emerged first”.
“As Your Excellency directed, the state government-sponsored her to the competition tagged ‘774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award’
(774 YONSPA) where she came top, making Gombe the first state in the North to win such a prestigious competition”, She added.
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