Gombe State Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has received the winner of the Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award (YONSPA), Maryam Ogunbayo.
This is contained in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director-General ( Press Affairs)
Maryam, who representated Gombe State in the competition, emerged the overall winner with 119 points beating all the other states. She was also the best in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya announced scholarship award to the trailblazing Maryam to whatever level of her academic career and a cash gift for making Gombe state proud.
He 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. He also commended the Commissioner of Science and Technology as well as the staff of her Ministry for providing enabling environment for youngstars to explore and exploit their potentials.
The governor 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 Ogunbayo in their academic persuit, saying ” Let the sky be your starting point “.
Maryam, 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 of Pen Resource Academy Gombe to the Governor, the Commissioner said since coming on board, the present administration has been holding science competition annually at the state level in order to boost creativity among young people.
She said: “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”.