NAIJ.com gathered that a 16-year-old secondary school student who won the annual spelling bee competition is set to become the one day governor of Lagos state.
Since 2001 when the first winner of a spelling bee competition organised for public primary and secondary schools in Lagos state was appointed as a 'one day governor', the state has upheld the tradition.
During the 2017 edition held on June 22, 16-year-old Bukola Zoffun, a female student of the Awodi-Ora Secondary High School Ajegunle, in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, emerged the winner.
Bukola who won the sum of N250,000 along with the coveted prize of becoming the one-day governor of the state for 2017, said she would champion the course for girl-child education in Lagos state.
Speaking on her win, Bukola said:
“I have put in my best effort to have been selected at the preliminary level and here I am today a proud winner. I am very happy to be part of this competition, and I can tell you that this has given me great exposure that will help me to achieve my dream of becoming a lawyer.
As the winner of the competition, I will have the opportunity to be the One-Day Governor, and I will equally use this platform to promote the need for girl child education, because what I have learnt so far is that every child has a right to education.”
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Bukola also praised her school teachers who prepared her and other pupils from her school, for the competition, in the last six months.
Lagos state deputy governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, who was represented by Mr Lanre Ogunyemi, the chairman of the committee on education at the Lagos state House of Assembly, also praised the effort of the teachers and governments investment in education. He also commended the participants for their courage.
Apart from Bukola's prize, the first runner-up, Miss Rosemary Ogidan of Methodist Senior High School, Badagry, won the cash prize of N150,000, while the second runner-up, Master Philip Daniel of Yewa Senior High school, Agege, won N100,000.
Kudos to them!
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