SPELLING BEE COMPETITION: ABDULAZEEZ ABDULRAHMON EMERGES LAGOS ONE DAY GOVERNOR … Wins cash prize, trip to Finland and scholarship

SPELLING BEE COMPETITION: ABDULAZEEZ ABDULRAHMON EMERGES LAGOS ONE DAY GOVERNOR

… Wins cash prize, trip to Finland and scholarship

Abdulazeez Abdulrahmon of Oriwu Model College, Ikorodu has emerged the winner of the 20th edition of the Lagos State Annual Spelling Bee competition clinching the ultimate prize of One Day Governor leaving Oki Coordinator of Ansar-udeen Society Senior Grammar School, Badagry to the second place and Saheed Alimot of Jubilee Model Senior School, Coker Aguda to the third place.

The intense competition held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa had in attendance fifty-five (55) competitors from the six education districts of the state with the winner emerging from district II after 13 rounds of vigorous spelling competition.

In her Keynote address, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, who was elated with the level of competitiveness among the participants commended the brilliant performance. While celebrating the winners, she added that today will forever remain indelible in the minds of the students as it will mark the beginning of their aspirations for greatness.

She added that the spelling bee competition has been a great motivator amongst learners in the State noting that 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.

The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr. Samson Ajibade, in his goodwill address expressed satisfaction with the level of the competition. He noted that the competition is a confidence booster which has helped the youth to showcase their potentials. He added that the competition has also exposed winners to a structured leadership development programme to prepare them for future roles in nation building.

The competition, he noted, has achieved its set objectives by promoting healthy academic rivalry amongst participants and increased learning outcomes of pupils from different socio economic background in public schools. He however reiterated the continuous support of the State Government through the Office of the Education Quality Assurance towards the success of future competitions.

Earlier, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni expressed appreciation to Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, for keeping faith with the competition. She opined that this year’s competition was aimed at bringing out the best in participants and also to justify the State Government efforts in the education sector in ensuring that students achieve nurtured dreams.

The Director-General noted that the two-day competition witnessed students from 57 primary and secondary schools contending for cash prizes and scholarship awards. She stated further that the Office of Education Quality Assurance will continue to drive measures to improve standards and promote academic excellence in both private and public schools in line with global best practices.

Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni acknowledged the partnership of the private sector towards the successful hosting of the competition while imploring participants to see the competition as a value adding contest.

“We acknowledge Seven-Up Bottling Company, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF) and Honeywell for partnering with the Lagos State Government in hosting the 20th edition of the event”.

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 Ansar-udeen Society Senior Grammar 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.

In the Primary School category, Sofia Muhammed of Agbowa Baptist Primary School, emerged as the overall winner while Khalid Olayide of Ikosi Primary school and Daniel Olanrewaju of Keke Primary School emerged as 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. They were presented with cash gifts for their performance.

The Spelling Bee project was initiated in 2001 by the former First Lady of Lagos State, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, through the New Era Foundation, with the aim of promoting academic excellence, good reading habits, healthy academic rivalry, and public speaking proficiency amongst public schools students in the state.

OLANIRAN EMMANUEL
PUBLIC AFFAIRS
OEQA

Abdulazeez Abdulrahmon of Oriwu Model College, Ikorodu has emerged the winner of the 20th edition of the Lagos State Annual Spelling Bee competition clinching the ultimate prize of One Day Governor leaving Oki Coordinator of Ansar-udeen Society Senior Grammar School, Badagry to the second place and Saheed Alimot of Jubilee Model Senior School, Coker Aguda to the third place.

The intense competition held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa had in attendance fifty-five (55) competitors from the six education districts of the state with the winner emerging from district II after 13 rounds of vigorous spelling competition.

In her Keynote address, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, who was elated with the level of competitiveness among the participants commended the brilliant performance. While celebrating the winners, she added that today will forever remain indelible in the minds of the students as it will mark the beginning of their aspirations for greatness.

She added that the spelling bee competition has been a great motivator amongst learners in the State noting that 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.

The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr. Samson Ajibade, in his goodwill address expressed satisfaction with the level of the competition. He noted that the competition is a confidence booster which has helped the youth to showcase their potentials. He added that the competition has also exposed winners to a structured leadership development programme to prepare them for future roles in nation building.

The competition, he noted, has achieved its set objectives by promoting healthy academic rivalry amongst participants and increased learning outcomes of pupils from different socio economic background in public schools. He however reiterated the continuous support of the State Government through the Office of the Education Quality Assurance towards the success of future competitions.

Earlier, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni expressed appreciation to Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, for keeping faith with the competition. She opined that this year’s competition was aimed at bringing out the best in participants and also to justify the State Government efforts in the education sector in ensuring that students achieve nurtured dreams.

The Director-General noted that the two-day competition witnessed students from 57 primary and secondary schools contending for cash prizes and scholarship awards. She stated further that the Office of Education Quality Assurance will continue to drive measures to improve standards and promote academic excellence in both private and public schools in line with global best practices.

Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni acknowledged the partnership of the private sector towards the successful hosting of the competition while imploring participants to see the competition as a value adding contest.

“We acknowledge Seven-Up Bottling Company, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF) and Honeywell for partnering with the Lagos State Government in hosting the 20th edition of the event”.

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 Ansar-udeen Society Senior Grammar 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.

In the Primary School category, Sofia Muhammed of Agbowa Baptist Primary School, emerged as the overall winner while Khalid Olayide of Ikosi Primary school and Daniel Olanrewaju of Keke Primary School emerged as 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. They were presented with cash gifts for their performance.

The Spelling Bee project was initiated in 2001 by the former First Lady of Lagos State, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, through the New Era Foundation, with the aim of promoting academic excellence, good reading habits, healthy academic rivalry, and public speaking proficiency amongst public schools students in the state.

OLANIRAN EMMANUEL
PUBLIC AFFAIRS
OEQA

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