Evelyn Nenuwa has emerged as the best graduating student of Lagos State Polytechnic 2013/2014 academic session in the Higher National Diploma (HND) programme. She obtained a Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.92.
She Graduated from the Department of Science Lab Technology with option in Chemistry.
Following her onerous feat, the Edo State-born Nenuwa got a cash reward for being the best graduating student in her department and also cash prize for emerging the best graduating student of the session by the LASPOTECH administration.
Nenuwa who was actively involved in politics while in school, explained that she never allowed her post as the Speaker of the National Association of Technology Students, School of Technology, LASPOTECH chapter to distact her studies but rather studied more.
Also, the counselling she got from her parents and church leaders, also helped her a great deal. She explains that her father who is an ex-Navy Officer, counselled her to avoid peer pressure, manage her time judiciously and above all, move closer to God.
According to her, achieving such laudable feat is the fruit of lot of sacrifice and self-denial. Nenuwa said she avoided distractions on the campus, including having any romantic relationships with males, attending parties and succumbing to peer pressure to indulge in frivolities.
In her words: “I never gave room for distractions. One, I did not get involved in any amorous affair with the opposite sex. Again, I developed a workable reading time table for myself; and I kept to it. My parents advised me to avoid peer presure but have a strong relationship with God and they provided all I needed to succeed in my academics because they know the importance of education.
“I developed a workable reading time table for myself; and I kept to it. Studying in Lagos State Polytechnic is not an easy thing if truly one wants to come out with high grade because there are series of assignments to battle with and you have to be in class before 8am and all the students live off campus. I did not joke with my studies, I always made use of the school library even on weekends since I could not study at home because the environment is noisy and not conducive for studying.”
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola urged the graduands of the institution to be confident and create job opportunities, not only for themselves but for others too.
Fashola who was represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Chief Fatai Olukoga stressed further that the Polytechic has impacted on students what will make them stand on their own during their stay in the institution.
He said: “The unemployment rate in Nigeria is quite high with a great pointer to half of the youth population being unemployed, yet, thousands more graduate from our tertiary institutions every year widening the figure. We want our students to leave school as well rounded people that will be able to stand on their own, able not only to work but create job for others.
“However, for decades, the mentality of Nigeria has been go to school, get good grades and get a job when you graduate, instead preaching to our children to aspire to create jobs from all indications.”