A University of Lagos first class graduate who scored the maximum 5.0 CGPA, Ayo Dada, was on Wednesday honoured by the House of Representatives.
The honour bestowed on Mr. Dada followed a motion by the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila.
“I believe as leaders and as a country it’s time we start celebrating our successes particularly in a period of great national despondency that has enveloped us for years now. As a House I believe we should recognize, celebrate and commend Mr. Ayodele so as to encourage him and give hope and inspiration to many others.
“To this end, I wish for you to join me as we suspend the House rules to invite Mr Ayodele Dada to the floor of the House on Tuesday 22nd March to honour the young man and his remarkable achievement. His story is compelling and inspirational to the youth and he represents and mirrors the hope of our tomorrow,” Mr. Gbajabiamila said urging the House.
Following the adoption of the motion, the lawmakers took turns to eulogise the honouree who was invited to stand before the lawmakers.
Mr. Dada was given a standing ovation by the lawmakers.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES after his appearance at the chamber of the House, he said “I was just standing there (House), feeling it was a dream and wishing it didn’t end.”
“Given my humble background, I never envisioned receiving a standing ovation from people I watched on TV. I am completely appreciative.”
He expressed “special gratitude” to Mr. Gbajabimiala.
Mr. Dada said he had no girlfriend throughout his four years as an undergraduate; though, he said he had “just female friends.
“There were ladies who tried things with me, but I always have my focus,” he said.
Schooling was not very rosy for Mr. Dada, who studied psychology, and said he was responsible for all his expenses in school.
“There were times I would be hungry, even hungry for a whole day,” he said.
But he later “stabilized” and income started flowing in through private tutoring.
“On a good day, I could make N5,000 a day through private tutoring.
Asked if he had been receiving job offers, “I have got a number of offers; they are coming but I need to take time to decide in line with what I wish for myself.”
He disclosed that the management of University of Lagos had offered him lecturing job as a graduate assistant in the Department of Psychology.
“Yes, I am considering because I actually love a career in the academia. But as I said I am taking time to decide,” he said.
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