17-year-old Spelling Bee Winner Becomes Governor of Lagos For one-day
A 17-year-old student of Angus Memorial Secondary School in Somolu area of Lagos, Jemimah Marcus, became the one-day governor of the state on Monday.
The State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, swapped places with Marcus, who won the 2020 edition of the Spelling Bee Competition.
According to a statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, Marcus earned the honour of becoming the one-day Governor when she won the competition.
The Edo State indigene presided over the weekly Executive Council meeting as Sanwo-Olu temporarily stepped aside and observed the proceedings.
While presiding over the meeting, she lauded Sanwo-Olu saying,“Mr. Governor, I commend your team for excellent leadership, as well as pro-activeness in critical sectors. In education, the State Government has embarked on revamping schools and delivering new ones to improve access. This effort has been complemented with massive innovative programmes, such as EKO EXCEL, Lagos Learns Together, Read Loud, EKO Digital School, and job initiative.
“These laudable programmes have impacted on students, teachers and the out-of-school learners, as the initiatives have improved teaching and learning with excellent outcomes. With the deployment of technology, I can say teaching techniques across Lagos schools are no longer what they used to be. The success of these programmes is evident in the performance of students in their academics.”
She solicited for more funding for her school, and schools where students learn under harsh circumstances, while also asking the Governor to support her parents in order to help her realise her future ambitions.