Press Release


The Lagos State Government has honored the 19th edition winner of Spelling Bee Competition, Miss Jemimah Marcus, a student of Angus Memorial Senior High School, as a One-Day Governor of the State and her cabinet members at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Jemimah Marcus who presided at the State Executive Council meeting as the One Day Governor alongside her cabinet members: Ajose Sotin of Topo Grammar School, Badagry and Edeh Rhema of Nawar-Deen Senior High School, Oyingbo, described the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as a transformational Governor in his leadership style especially in the deployment of technology in teaching techniques for the delivery of quality education. While presiding, the One Day Governor directed the Honourable Commissioner for Health to increase surveillance on COVID-19 to curtail the spread in the State.

Also at a courtesy visit to the Office of the State Chief Judge, the Chief Judge Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba commended the State Government for upholding the vision of ensuring the delivery of quality education through the Spelling Bee Competition. The Judge opined that this is an avenue to encourage younger generations to act in their best behavior, which will in turn eradicate menace and other social vices in the society. While advising the One-Day Governor and her cabinet to remain diligent and focused in the pursuit of their career, he urged the State Government to continue prioritizing quality and accessible education.

Similarly, at the official presentation of the One-Day Governor at the Public Service Office, the State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola noted that the competition which is organized among the state’s Public Schools by the Office of Education Quality Assurance is in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda to enhance quality standard in educational institutions below tertiary level. This, according to him will encourage students within the state to remain focused, hardworking and determined in their education. He urged Jemimah Marcus to be focused in her career pursuit and not be distracted.

Muri-Okunola revealed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will continue to create the enabling environment aimed at improving the quality of education and infrastructure facilities for educational purposes. He urged them to heed all the advice of Mr. Governor.

The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Abayomi Abolaji remarked that the event is a symbol of possibilities and a testament to hard work, persistence and patience. According to her, this is also a symbol of good parental upbringing because the people who have held this position have gone into greatness and this is evident in how diligent, disciplined, focused and hardworking they are.

The Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni in her remark said the emergence of winners at the competition resonates that they have put in a lot of efforts, diligence and hard work in their studies. She implored the One Day Governor, Jemimah Marcus to remember this day as important and to keep the flag of the State Government flying while not resting on her oars.

Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni said that it is evident that Mr. Governor has the interest of the youth at heart. While stressing that records have it that most of the winners of spelling Bees are doing well in the society, she expressed gratitude to the State Government for continuing this laudable initiative which is aimed at grooming future leaders.

The high point of the event for the day was the visit of the One Day Governor, Miss Jemimah Marcus to Somolu LCD where she was honoured by the Chairman, Mr. Abdul Hamed Salau and a visit to her alma mata, Angus Memorial Senior High School where she was also welcomed by the principal Mrs Tijani Olaide and the students.

Olaniran Emmanuel
Public Affairs