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Dame Emmanuella Fashola (R) and Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (L) presenting the trophy to Miss Lilian Ogbuefi (M) at Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Dame Emmanuella Fashola (M) presenting the trophy to Master Emeka Chibike (R) at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Apr 4, 2012 - Spelling Bee Performance: Dame Fashola Impressed With Lagos Students
With rapt attention, Lagos State First Lady, Dame Emmanuella Fashola listened to public schools pupils as they performed at the 12th edition of the Spelling Bee competition.
The wife of the state Governor could not hide her feelings as she described the event as very exciting with the spelling accuracy of the pupils.
Dame Emmanuella Fashola, who earlier advised the pupils to be smart during the competition, was however dazed that the pupils out-performed her expectations.
Speaking, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye said that the Spelling Bee is now a reference point in the intellectual capacity development in the state.
While congratulating the finalists for the performance, Oladunjoye said that the contest has stimulated healthy competition in the state, especially in the preparation of the students for any examination. She further noted that the main objective of the competition, which was to bridge the gap between pupils of private and public schools, had been achieved.
According to her, other objectives of the competition include inculcating the culture of healthy rivalry among the pupils; showcasing innate talent of pupils and creating opportunity for pupils for wholesome role in study.
"The laudable objective of this competition has been achieved and we must commend the New Era Foundation created by former First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu for this," she said.
She explained that this year edition would not be an exception as overall winner in the secondary category would act as one-day governor while she would also have the opportunity for a joint tour of educational exchange in Finland with the first and second runners-up.
Oladunjoye stated that past and present administration had seen the benefits of the competition in the overall interest of the people and development of the State. She, however, charged the students to become responsible citizens in the society.
Also speaking was the former State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Leke Pitan, adding that the competition had since brought out the best out of public schools.
"Something good has come out because the public schools are performing better now. After this, we expect our students to perform excellently well in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations," he said.