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‘ONE-DAY GOVERNOR’ EMERGES IN LAGOS

A student of Lafiaji Senior High School, Lagos and representative of Lagos Island East LCDA, Gloria Ajala on
Tuesday won the coveted Star Prize of the Spelling Bee competition to
become the nominee as ‘One Day Governor’ of Lagos State.

DEPUTY GOVERNOR LAGOS STATE, DR. IDIAT OLURANTI ADEBULE AND WINNER OF THE 2018 SPELLING BEE COMPETION, MISS AJALA GLORIA

The
Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, while
congratulating the winner, stated that in line with previous practice,
Ajala would be given a scholarship by the State Government to pursue any
course of her choice in any university in the country as well as being
sponsored, together with her “cabinet” to attend a cultural exchange
programme in Finland.

Adebule
opined that the 2018 edition of the Spelling Bee competition has been
highly educative and competitive and has produced a new set of winners
in the primary and secondary categories to the delight of all interested
parties, saying that “I am very impressed with the performance of the
competitors in the grand finale of the Primary and the Secondary School
categories”.

While
noting that the competition has experienced improvement in the areas of
presentation and vocabulary development, the Deputy Governor attributed
the improvements to the various policies and programmes initiated by
Governor Ambode-led administration to encourage learning as well as
increase the spirit of competitiveness leading to the winning of many
awards and laurels in different competitions.

The
obviously elated Administrator listed some of the awards to include the
best performing and winning State in the National ICT Olympiad; first
prize in the grand finale of this year’s PZ Cusson’s Chemistry
Challenge; winner at the 2018 NNPC National Quiz Competition State Finals and winning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions at the Regional Finals of the World Robot Olympiad (Nigeria).

Earlier,
the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adebunmi Adekanye,
recalled that the Spelling Bee competition, introduced in 2001 by the
New Era Foundation to encourage academic excellence, has become the most
interesting and keenly contested competition amongst Lagos State
students.

The
PS maintained that the prestige and privileges that come with winning
the Spelling Bee contest have been a great motivating factor while the
competition has helped a lot to improve the spelling skills as well as
oral and written English language of pupils, students and spectators
alike.

She
opined that millions of Nigerian parents, teachers, pupils, students
and professionals were usually part of the entertaining programme which
is beamed live every year while the competition that has become a
household name not only in the State but across the country.

Ikhariale
Grace of Tin Can Island Senior High School and Akinbodewa Oluwatosin of
Iworo Ajido Senior Secondary School finished in the second and third
positions respectively.

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