By Orowo Victoria Ojieh
A pupil of Oriwu Model College, Ikorodu, Abdulazeez Abdulrahman, has emerged winner of the 20th edition of the Lagos State Spelling Bee competition. It was at the grand finale held at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, after a tense final competition.
A statement by the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education, explained that the two-day competition had pupils from 57 primary and secondary schools competing for cash prizes and scholarship awards. The person who emerged winner of the competition will be Lagos State One-Day Governor. The Trumpet gathered.
The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, expressed his contentment with the progress of the competition since its commencement. He said that the initiative has become a confidence booster for many students as well as a platform to help the youth showcase their potential.
The Head of Service was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr. Samson Ajibade.
Mr. Samson Ajibade praised the organisers of the competition, emphasising that past winners have risen to the leadership positions in their chosen careers.
The winner of the competition, master Abdulazeez Abdulrahman, apart from having the opportunity of being the Lagos state One-Day Governor, he was presented with a cash prize of N300,000, a trip to Finland, and scholarship to any public university in the state.
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 the sum of N150,000.
In the Primary School category of the competition, 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 runner-up. They were presented with cash gifts as their reward.