We’re on course to transform education sector – Ambode



Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd
right), his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (left)
with the Winner of 2016 Spelling Bee Competition &
One-Day Governor, Master Olaseinde Olufemi of
Shasha Community Senior High School (right) and
One-Day Deputy Governor, Master Komolafe Kehinde
of Immaculate Heart Senior Secondary School (2nd
left) during the 2016 One-Day Governor’s visit, at the
Exco Chambers, Lagos House, Ikeja, yesterday
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi
Ambode on Friday expressed delight at the
winning of the annual Spelling Bee
Competition by students of public schools in
the State, saying that the development was an
eloquent testimony that his administration is
on the right path to transform the education
sector.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos
House, Ikeja while hosting the 16th One-day
Governor, Master Olaseinde Olufemi Joshua
and members of his cabinet, said the fact that
winners of the competition emerged from
public schools in inner communities was a
clear indication that public schools in the State
are now becoming exemplary citadel of
learning.
He said: “I must say that I am impressed
about the mixture of the people that we are
now celebrating. I can personally say that I
did watch the school debate on television and
I am very excited that the schools from which
the winners emerged are from our inner
communities in Shasha in Alimosho, Badagry,
Ilupeju and also in Mushin.
“That in itself shows that we are on the right
path. We must be able to show that our public
schools are exemplary citadel of learning that
we can also use to showcase the fact that the
future of Lagos is brighter than what we have
now,” Governor Ambode said.
While congratulating the winners of the
competition for doing the State proud,
Governor Ambode said the competition was
one of the ways of encouraging younger ones
to venture into position of leadership, adding
that development would also go a long way in
preparing the students for position of
leadership in the future.
He added: “We want to say that the six
winners we are celebrating today are worthy
to be celebrated and we will indeed celebrate
them and use them as examples to encourage
other younger ones to reach out so that we
can be proud that in another twenty years,
these ones will take over from us and we
would be proud that we really did the State
proud.”
Besides, the Governor congratulated the
State’s Ministry of Education and other
stakeholders for sustaining the initiative which
started about 16 years ago, and called for the
scaling up of the initiative to accommodate
more younger students.
Earlier, the One-day Governor, Master
Olaseinde Olufemi Joshua, a student of Shasha
Community Senior High School saluted the
vision of the wife of former Lagos State
Governor, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who was
the pioneer of the Spelling Bee competition,
saying that the competition had helped
students in the State to be more dedicated to
their studies and strive for excellence.
He added that the competition would not have
been possible without the free education
policy of the Lagos State Government over the
years, which is being sustained by the present
administration.
Speaking on Governor Ambode’s
administration, Master Joshua said: “Barely a
year after taking over the reign of power as
the Governor of the State, Lagosians have
witnessed a rapid transformation of
infrastructural facilities and integrated
lighting system. There is no gainsaying that
Lagosians’ dream of becoming Africa’s model
megacity is becoming into reality through
your hard work and dedication.
“This is evident in your meticulous
implementation of various developmental
programmes. I can easily predict that our
visionary Governor Ambode will take Lagos
State to the promise land within his first
tenure in office,” he said.
Master Joshua, who said his father could not
make it to the event due to health challenges,
however, urged the Governor to consider
donating a school bus, a well-equipped E-
library to his school and the rehabilitation of
drainage systems as well as the roads leading
to his school.
Responding, Governor Ambode granted the
request for a school bus in Joshua’s school
and all other requests in respect of the other
schools of the winners.
He also ordered that Joshua’s father be treated
at the health facilities of the State Government.
Other winners are One-day Deputy Governor,
Komolafe Kehinde of Immaculate Heart Senior
High School, Maryland; One-day Speaker,
Okinbaloye Rashidat of Ilupeju Senior
Grammar School; One-day Secretary to the
State Government (SSG), Ogunfowora
Islamiyat of Badagry Senior Grammar School;
One-day Commissioner for Education,
Abdulkarim Asiyat of Atunrase Senior High
School and One-day Commissioner for Science
and Technology, Ahwanyinu Sesinu of Kakon
Senior Secondary School.

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