The Majority Leader and Ikorodu Constituency I representative in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Oyeniran Bolanle Agunbiade, has stated that his decision to immortalize the late educationist and foremost teacher in Ikorodu, Alhaji Rasaq Solaja Alagago, is a major reason behind the staging of this year’s edition of the Best Brain Contest.
The event, which is an educative contest among school children in both primary and secondary schools, is being sponsored by the lawmaker annually.
This year’s contest, which was the third in the series, took place at the Graphic Studio of the Ikorodu Grammar School, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
The contest was renamed this year as ‘Rasaq Solaja Alagago Best Brain Contest’ in honour of the late foremost educationist in Ikorodu.
Hon. Agunbiade also stated that his desire to engage students and pupils productively and bring back the culture of prize giving day in schools are also reasons for the institutionalization of the project.
A total number of 224 school children (95 pupils, 66 students from junior secondary schools, 63 students from senior secondary schools) participated in this year’s contest.
According to Hon. Agunbiade, the aim of this year’s contest is to make the Lagos State Government rename the Ikorodu Technical College after late Alagago.
“Aside our primary reasons of setting up Best Brain Contest which has been on for a while, we also intend honouring the memory of a great man. A man that impacted on many of us; a man that instilled discipline and taught us to impact on the society”, he stated.
“That is Alhaji Rasaq Solaja Alagago. The man that taught many of the teachers in Ikorodu today at the then Teachers’ College, Ikorodu, which was renamed Government Technical College.”
“It was deliberate bringing the examination among our students to this venue”, he explained.
Hon. Agunbiade, who also stated that there was an increment in this year’s contest added that, the organizers has put in place a system of mentorship and monitoring of the best students among the participants.
Two best students each represented the participating schools and were made to go through written examinations in English Language, Mathematics and General Paper.
While conference marking of the examinations’ scripts is slated for March 21, the grand finale is fixed for March 24, 2018.