University of Witwatersrand Graduate Wins NYSC President’s Honours Award
Olugbenga Jeremiah Olamijuwon, a computer science graduate from the university of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa was among the recipients of the distinguished NYSC presidential award which held on the 26th April, 2019.
Mr Olamijuwon was presented with the award by the Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, who was ably represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on the 26th April 2019 during the award ceremony which held at the Banquet hall of the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja. The Minister for Youths and Sport, Barrister Solomon Dalung and the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Sule Z. Kazaure presented this award of excellence alongside the President to Mr Olamijuwon.
The award ceremony witnessed the presence of the former Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Dr. Yakubu Gowon who founded the NYSC scheme in 1973. Several State Governors, honourable minsters and commissioners were also present to grace the occasion.
Mr Olamijuwon completed his Bachelor of Science with Honours in 2015 after which he was mobilised for the NYSC scheme in the same year. Because of the diligence and selfless service of Mr Olamijuwon during the one year programme, he was awarded the best corps member in the Local Government of Osisioma and then as the best corps member in entire Abia State during which he received the State Governor’s Award of excellence in 2016. These achievements of Mr Olamijuwon and his selfless service to the nation as a whole captured the attention of the National Selection Committee which was set up by the Presidency and after a careful scrutiny recommended Mr Olamijuwon to receive the nation’s highest reward – a commendation from the President.
Mr Olamijuwon expressed his profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government for the honour bestowed on him for his selfless service to the nation explaining that this gesture shows that “good deeds are still being recognised” and that many youths including himself would be geared to do even much more for the nation in future”.
In Mr Olamijuwon’s words: “I sincerely dedicate this award to Eblocks software and my brother, Emmanuel Olamijuwon. The support of Eblocks Software towards receiving this award is extremely astounding and without the support of the team, I would not be here today to receive this award. The support I received from my brother too, Mr Emmanuel Olamijuwon is highly invaluable as he gave moral support and encouragements during my service year and has always been the pillar of support and a model of sacrifice and selflessness. My special appreciation goes to my family members, fiancee, and all my friends for believing in and encouraging me and most of all; Osisioma Peace Zone corps members who contributed towards the success of the projects and community services done in the village of Umuoyoro and the Local Government of Osisioma, God bless you all.”
After the Presidential award ceremony, Mr Olamijuwon who hails from from Osun State was invited by the State Government of Osun where he was received by the State Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Gboyega Alabi. The State Secretary General was also present to receive Mr Olamijuwon with the other six awardees who hail from Osun State. Mr Olamijuwon was chosen as the representative of Osun State Awardees and he expressed his profound gratitude to the Governor and State Government for honouring their achievement at the national level.
It will be recalled that Mr Olamijuwon who finished his Bachelors with distinction was posted to Rhema University, Osisioma where he zealously carried out his responsibilities. He applied for reposting from the university to Amator Secondary and Technical School, Umuoyoro Ngwa, a remote area where he noticed dearth of teachers. He was assigned to teach Computer Studies and Data Processing to all the Junior and Senior classes. Pursuant to his desire to contribute to human and societal development, Olamijuwon executed the following community development service projects:
- Rehabilitation of an empty classroom in Amator Secondary and Technical School, Umuoyoro-Ngwa which was converted to a Computer Laboratory.
- Equipping the laboratory with four (4) laptop computers, a three-in-one laser jet printer, plastic chairs and tables. He also provided a big capacity power generating set and built an alternative power supply source to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the laboratory.
- Establishment of a fish hatchery for the NYSC Osisioma Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship centre.
- Donation of fish dryer to the NYSC Osisioma Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Centre to ease the problem of drying the fish after they are harvested.
- Organising workshops on skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development for students and youths of Umuoyoro.
- Organising free malaria and HIV/AIDS test and sensitisation on the prevention against HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.