The overall best candidate in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Favour Movel, has been awarded scholarship to university level by the federal and Plateau state governments.
Movel, 17, an student of Christian Royal College, Sabon Barki, Jos, scored A1 in all the nine subjects he sat for in the 2019 WASSCE.
The overall best, who hails from Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau state, also scored 323 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, who received Movel, his parents, the proprietor and management of the school Tuesday in Jos, said that the federal government in conjunction with Chinese government had given him scholarship to study engineering.
“But I was told that you want to study medicine, I assure you that whatever you want I will do it.
“We have already secured you a scholarship with the gederal government but if you don’t want it, Plateau will give you scholarship for what you want immediately,” he told him.
Lalong stated that apart from the scholarship, the Plateau state government would reward the parents of the child, the teachers of the school and the proprietor for making Plateau proud, adding that four components worked together to produce Movel who is not only the pride of Plateau but the entire northern Nigeria.
He said he would formally present the overall best student to the northern governors whenever they have Northern Governors Forum meeting which he chairs.
The governor commended the proprietor of the school, Chief Garba Pwul for establishing a standard school, saying that his administration was determined to replicate such standard in public schools.
“We met dilapidated public schools but we are building standard ones as legacy projects to give option to those who cannot afford private ones.
“We are also monitoring the private schools, those that are doing well we will encourage them and those that are not up to standard we will close them.
“We do not want people opening schools for the purpose of making profits only,” he said.
Lalong added that he had opened skills acquisition centres to enable youths to get skills and education.