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Jeremiah Olamijuwon

Data Scientist at Eblocks software gets Nigerian presidential award for humanitarian services.

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Olugbenga Jeremiah Olamijuwon, a Data Scientist at Eblocks Software, Johannesburg, South Africa, was awarded a Presidential Honour at Aso Rock, Abuja, Nigeria, on the 26th April 2019. Jeremiah was presented with the award by the Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, who was ably represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on the 26th April 2019 during the award ceremony which held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja.

The Minister for Youths and Sport, Barrister Solomon Dalung, and the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Sule Z. Kazaure, presented this excellence award alongside the President to Jeremiah. The award ceremony witnessed the former Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Dr. Yakubu Gowon, who founded the NYSC scheme in 1973.

Several State Governors, honorable ministers, and commissioners were also present to grace the occasion. Jeremiah completed his Bachelor of Science with Honours in 2015, after which he was mobilized for the NYSC scheme in the same year. Because of Jeremiah's diligence and selfless service during the one-year program, he was awarded the best corps member in the Local Government of Osisioma. He was then the best corps member in the entire Abia State; he received the State Governor's Award of excellence in 2016.

Jeremiah's achievements and selfless service to the nation captured the National Selection Committee's attention, set up by the Presidency. After scrutiny recommended Jeremiah to receive the nation's highest award commendation from the President, Jeremiah expressed his profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government for the honor bestowed on him for his selfless service to the nation, explaining that this gesture shows that.

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Many youths including himself would be geared to do even much more for the nation in future”. In Jeremiah’s words:

“I sincerely dedicate this award to Eblocks software and my brother, Emmanuel Olamijuwon.

The support of Eblocks Software towards receiving this award is exceptionally astounding, and without the help of the team, I would not be here today to receive this award. The support I received from my brother, too, Mr Emmanuel Olamijuwon, is highly invaluable. He gave moral support and encouragement during my service year and has always been the pillar of support and a sacrifice selflessness model. My special appreciation goes to my family members, fiancee, and all my friends for believing in and encouraging me and most of all;

Osisioma Peace Zone corps members who contributed towards the success of the projects and community services done in the village of Umuoyoro and the Local Government of Osisioma, God bless you all." After the Presidential award ceremony, Jeremiah who hails from Osun State was invited by the State Government of Osun where he was received by the State Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Gboyega Alabi. The State Secretary-General was also present to receive Jeremiah with the other six awardees from Osun State.

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Jeremiah was chosen as the representative of Osun State Awardees, and he expressed his profound gratitude to the Governor and State Government for honoring their achievement at the national level. It will be recalled that Jeremiah, who finished his bachelor with distinction, was posted to Rhema University, Osisioma, where he zealously carried out his responsibilities. He applied for reposting from the University to Amator Secondary and Technical School, Umuoyoro Ngwa, a remote area where he noticed teachers' absence. He was assigned to teach Computer Studies and Data Processing to all the Junior and Senior classes. According to his desire to contribute to human and societal development, Jeremiah executed the following community development service projects:

  • Rehabilitation of an empty classroom in Amator Secondary and Technical School, Umuoyoro-Ngwa which was converted to a Computer Laboratory
  • Equipping the laboratory with four (4) laptop computers, a three-in-one laserjet printer, plastic chairs, and tables. He also provided an immense capacity power generating set and built an alternative power supply source to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the laboratory
  • Establishment of a fish hatchery for the NYSC Osisioma Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship centre
  • Donation of the fish dryer to the NYSC Osisioma Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Centre to ease the problem of drying the fish after they are harvested
  • Organising workshops on skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development for students and youths of Umuoyoro
  • Organising free malaria and HIV/AIDS test and sensitisation on the prevention against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases


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