Dapo Abiodun, Ogun state governor, has recognised the academic success of Oladimeji Shotunde, a graduate of the Lagos State University (LASU), and Faith Odunsi, Nigerian Mathematics champion.


Shotunde earlier made headlines after he was honoured by Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state, when he broke a 37-year record at LASU by graduating with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.86.


On the other hand, Odunsi, who hails from Ijebu in Ogun state, won the Global Open Mathematics Tournament (GOT) for 2021 after competing against participants from across the world, taking home the $1,000 prize money.


In a statement on Thursday, Abiodun said an endowment fund with the monetary content of N5 million has been created for Odunsi by the state government ahead of subsequent donations to come from the private sector.


He said the state gave a two-bedroom home to Shotude with a monetary prize of N2 million for his achievement.


“The Ogun state government today launched an endowment fund for Miss Faith Odunsi who topped the Global Open Mathematics Competition,” the governor said while presenting award certificates to the honorees.

“The fund is seeded with 5million Naira and subsequent, voluntary donations from the private sector.


“Mr. Oladimeji Shotunde too, an indigene of Ogun State who recently emerged Best Graduating Student of the Lagos State University, was awarded a 2-bedroom bungalow and a 2million Naira cash prize.”


Confirming his receipt of the benefits, Shotunde added: “I was today, awarded by the executive governor of Ogun state. This recognition was premised on how I was able to project Ogun state in a positive light as an indigene. 

“The governor was kind enough to give me a 2 bedroom bungalow and 2 Million Naira.


“I appreciate this gesture so much. I extend my sincere appreciation to the entire Ogun state government. I pledge to always portray myself as a worthy ambassador of the state.”