Thomas Jefferson once said, “I find that the harder I work; the more luck I seem to have’’. This can be said to be true of Favour Movel, the overall best candidate in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The 17-year-old student of Christian Royal College, Sabon Barki, Jos has been awarded scholarship for higher studies by both the Federal and Plateau state governments.
Movel came top nationwide as he scored A1 (Distinction) 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).
The governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong has since met Movel, his parents, and the proprietor and management of Movel’s school in Jos. He therefore informed them that the Federal Government in conjunction with the Chinese Government has given Movel scholarship to study engineering.
The governor, however, learnt that the lad wanted to study medicine. He thereby assured him that despite the Federal Government scholarship, the Plateau state government will give him scholarship for what he wants.
Lalong also announced that apart for the scholarship for Movel, the Plateau state government would also reward other components that worked together to produce a Movel i.e. his parents, the teachers of the school, and the proprietor.
Lalong described the overall best candidate as the pride of the entire northern Nigeria and has pledged to present him to the northern governors whenever they have Northern Governors Forum meeting which he chairs. He also used the moment to commend the proprietor of the school, Chief Garba Pwul (SAN), for establishing a standard school, and said that his administration was determined to replicate such standard in public schools.
A very big congratulation to Favour Movel for this remarkable success and kudos to the government for rewarding such a brilliant kid. This is a step in the right direction for the Nigerian educational system.