The West Africa Examination Council has awarded Peter Arotiba from Kogi State, the National Distinction and Merit Award for emerging overall best student in the 2018 examinations.

The 18-year-old Nigerian, graduated from the Nigeria Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos State and he is currently studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ibadan,.

Two other people were also awarded alongside Arotiba at the  opening of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee  of WAEC in Abuja on Thursday.

Accordig to the News Agency of Nigeria, Arotiba had obtained distinction in all the eight subjects offered in the 2018 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Speaking with journalists after the awards presentation,

Arotiba, expressed his feelings to Journalists after the the awards presentation. He said achieving success was a function of so many factors, the chief of which was God’s grace and hard work.

In his words, he stated that, “A lot of heroes who have participated in building me up to who I am today instilled the spirit of excellence in me – my parents, my teachers and personal hard work.

“I have natural passion for reading; so, studying was not an issue to me. When you work hard and depend on God’s grace, one will never be disappointed.

“The sacrifice made to achieve this feat was high level of discipline during examinations as I let go of other programmes I enjoyed and concentrated fully.

“I study ahead by studying during the holidays. Lazying around during the holidays and playing around with friends during holidays were some of the things I refused doing,”

Source: NAN