Lagos State Government has splashed mouth-watering packages including N300,000 on a student of Oriwu Model College, Ikorodu, Abdulazeez Abdulrahmon, who emerged winner of the 20th edition of the Lagos State Spelling Bee competition.
According to the tradition of the state initiated by the former governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, BAT, the winner will also rule as the Governor of the economic capital of Nigeria ceremoniously for one-day.
A statement by the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education, explained that the two-day competition had students from 57 primary and secondary schools contending for cash prizes and scholarship awards.
The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr Samson Ajibade, said the competition was a confidence booster that had helped the youth to showcase their potential.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, said, “The high level of performance from the students underscores the fact that the State Government is committed to the delivery of quality education geared towards improving teaching and learning in Lagos public schools.”
Earlier, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, expressed appreciation to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for keeping faith in the competition.
“Apart from having the opportunity of being the Lagos One-Day Governor, Master Abdulazeez was presented with a cash gift of N300,000, a trip to Finland, and scholarship to any public university in the state while the first runner-up, Master Oki, Coordinator of Sito-Gbethrome Senior Secondary School, Badagry, got the sum of N200, 000, and the second runner-up, Miss Alimot Saheed from Jubilee Model Senior Secondary School, Coker Aguda received a cash gift of N150,000.