A Nigerian youth corps member has written his name in gold after successfully leading Navy boys to great heights at a national mathematics competition.
The corps member, identified as Abayomi Adebisi, an ex-student of Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta (NNSS ABK), laboured tirelessly day and night to see this dream come through.
During an interview with our correspondent, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) graduate said serving in NNSS ABK gave him the perfect opportunity to give back to the school that molded him.
The NYSC teacher and member of the school’s 15th set added that he laboured in coaching the students in mathematics, sometimes starting as early as 7:00 am and not retiring until late at night.
An appreciation ceremony was put together by members of the 15th set of the school in honour of the students for their heroics so far at the Olympiad Mathematics competition.
Of the five available slots in the competition’s Junior category, four NNSS ABK students qualified, while three qualified from five possible slots in the senior category.
Mr. Abayomi said he sacrificed many things, including private lessons, to focus on the competition.
“I could have made hundreds of thousands from private lessons, but I forfeited that because I want the boys to go far in the competition.
I’m not interested in money; I know God will reward me handsomely for all the hard work,” he said.
The Mathematics graduate said he drilled the boys on solving mathematical problems quickly, being determined, and relying on GOD for success.
He said, “I taught them numerous shortcuts in solving mathematical problems within seconds.”
Chairman of the occasion and one-time Koshoni house captain of the school, Dr. Osagie Emmanuel, said he was delighted to see students excel in a subject that was difficult for him to grab during his secondary school days.
He told BattaBox.com that US-based Dr. Akintunde Emmanuel and one Adewale Adebisi were instrumental in his success in Mathematics, a course he dreaded.
Dr. Osagie Emmanuel rallied other members of the 15th set to donate handsomely to the students who represented the school and put plans in place to supply the school with needed Mathematics textbooks.
However, Mr. Abayomi Adebisi expressed profound gratitude to the 15th set, reminiscing how the group came to his aid when he had a fatal accident a few years back.
Representative of the Commandant, the Executive Officer, Commander J O Ibiang said he appreciates the 15th set for the initiative, and he’s very happy with them; adding that the school will continue the culture by giving gifts to well-deserving students.