One-Day Governor Reigns In Lagos


Master Iniodu Akpakpan, 17, reigned as the One-Day Governor for this year today having emerged winner in the Spelling Bee Competition held earlier in the year.

Akpakpan had in March, 2011 defeated 56 other contestants drawn from the 20 local government areas and the 37 local council development areas of Lagos State, South West Nigeria.

Akpakpan, who has just passed out from Baptist Senior High School, Obanikoro, first paid a visit on the Chairman of the Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network, LEARN, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola at Marina, Lagos, with executive members who also did very well in the Spelling Bee.

Mrs. Fashola took time to explain to the One-Day Governor the activities of the centre, meant to groom future leaders of the nation.

According to her, at the LEARN, “we aim to ignite a passion for learning in our youths and groom tomorrow’s leaders with positive values, self confidence, self-sufficiency and high sense of social responsibility through education, vocational skill, training and recreation.”

From there, Akpakpan and his team moved to the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja where they visited the Office of the Chief of Staff. He was received by the Chief of Staff, Mr. Lanre Balogun who briefed him about the workings of the government and presented a gift to the One-Day Governor and his team.

Akpaphan and his team also visited the Public Service Office, PSO and was received by the Head of Service, HOS, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe and briefed him about the activities at the PSO.

According him, the PSO was responsible for staff matters and that the state civil servants had been able to work as a team with the government to move the state forward. At the Ministry of Education where the One-Day Governor visited, he was taken round the ministry and briefed on the state of education in the state and what the state government was doing to boost the standard of education in Lagos.

The One-Day Governor further visited the Boys Correctional Centre, Oregun where he saw several boys at the centre.

He was told that the state government established the correctional centre in order to rehabilitate deviant boys and give them a sense of belonging.

Akpakpan counselled the youths at the centre on the need to be of good behaviour as they are the future of the state and the country at large.

The One-Day Governor also visited the Lagos State Educational Resource Centre, Ojodu where the director of the centre took him and his team on facility tour at the centre.

He and his team were shown the e-library, the Information Communication Technology, ICT laboratory, resource room, among others.

Akpakpan, later in the day, visited Mr. Babatunde Fashola at the State House, Ikeja and was given a rousing welcome to the State House.

Akpapkan and his team also had a mock executive council meeting where they deliberated on how to move the state to greater heights.

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