Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday received the One-day Governor, Miss Eniola Ajala, who is the winner of the New Era Spelling Bee Competition, expressing his government’s commitment to quality education in the state.
The governor, who received Ajala and her cabinet members at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said education would continue to be a major stake in the THEMES agenda of his administration in order to improve the learning outcome of students in public schools.
Members of the cabinet of the One Day Governor, who is a student of Lafiaji Senior High School, Lagos Island are Miss Grace Ikhariale of TinCan Island Senior High School, (Deputy Governor); Oluwatosin Akinbodewa of Iworo Ajido Senior Secondary School, Badagry (Speaker); Miss Eunice Adedotun of Agbede Senior School, Ikorodu (Commissioner for Education) and Master Ekene Ezeunala of Meiran Community High School (Chairman, House Committee on Education).
He said his government would continue to improve on the ambience of learning in public schools to bring out the best in students across the state, pointing out that the competition is about excellence to encourage students and the youth population in Lagos State.
Governor Sanwo-Olu commended the Ministry of Education as well the Office of Education Quality Assurance in the ministry for their efforts and tenacity in improving the education sector, urging students in various schools in the state not to relent on their oars to be the best and be committed to reaching their goals in life.
The governor applauded Ajala for demonstrating confidence, knowledge, eloquence and pride, charging her and others to be steadfast and not to allow the little feats they got to get to their heads.
Sanwo-Olu promised to fulfil the requests made by the One Day Governor, among which were rewards for teachers, principals and infrastructural improvement in schools.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also appreciated former First Lady of Lagos State and the founder of New Era Foundation, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for initiating the Spelling Bee Competition, saying that the competition, which started 20 years ago was not about race nor tribe but an excellence platform available to students of public schools in Lagos.
The One Day Governor, while holding an extraordinary Exco meeting with the State Executive Council at the Exco Chamber with her cabinet members, thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration for the honour bestowed on the winners of the school competitions.
She commended Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration THEMES agenda and its efforts in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
She enjoined students to be focused, determined, prayerful and committed in order to overcome their challenges in life.
Ajala appealed to Governor Sanwo-Olu to provide more infrastructure in schools that produced winners of the competition, adding that her parents, who she commended for bringing her up properly, should be rewarded also by the Lagos State government.
Speaking to journalists at the event, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, said the winners of the Spelling Bee Competition would be sponsored on a tour programme to Finland.
“Former First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu started the Spelling Bee Competition for public schools students and 20 years later the programme still exists; that says a lot about the Lagos State government. Preparing for the Spelling Bee Competition takes a lot; it takes perseverance, hardwork and consistency, and that is what we expect our students to be able to do to prepare them for the future.
“It is good to know that all the winners of the One Day Governor and Spelling Bee Competition have succeeded in their various areas. We have people that are now lawyers, PhD holders, medical doctors and professionals in other areas. We have those who are currently employed in Lagos State government,” she said.
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