Jemimah Marcus becomes Lagos one-day governor

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

Jemimah Marcus will take Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s seat for a day

Michael Adeshina

A 16-year-old pupil of Angus Memorial Senior High School, Jemimah Marcus, will become a one-day governor in Lagos on a date yet-to-be-announced.

Marcus achieved the feat after she won the Lagos State Spelling Bee competition on Tuesday.

Marcus emerged winner after a fierce battle with other students which include Ajose Sotin of Topo Senior Grammar School, Badagry, and Rhema Edeh of Denton Junior Grammar School, Ebute-Metta.

While Marcus was presented with a cash sum of N250,000, Ajose and Remah were given N 150,000 and N100,000 as first runner-up and the second runner-up respectively.

Congratulating the pupils, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, where the grand finale took place, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, advised them to commit more energy and time to their studies.

She said, “As it is the practice, the one-day governor will be awarded the Lagos State Government’s scholarship to pursue any course of his or her interest in any university in the country. He/she and the ‘cabinet’ will also attend various cultural exchange programmes.”

Adefisayo thanked the New Era Foundation, pioneered by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for initiating the competition.

The Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, commended the pupils for their resilience.

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