Fashola Receives One Day Governor, Miss Lilian Ogbuefi At Alausa
…Says Lagos will always give fair opportunity to all
Jun 25, 2012 - Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday received the 2012 One Day Governor of the State and winner of the Spelling Bee Competition, Miss Lilian Ogbuefi at the Executive Council Chambers of the State House Alausa, stating that the state decided to resuscitate the various literacy skills enhancing programmes because they have proved to be useful building blocks of character.
The Governor who spoke when he received the One Day Governor who was accompanied by some members of her cabinet added that the various programmes like the schools debate, schools quiz have all proved their worth since they were reintroduced.
He said the fact that the winner is a product of a public school is a reaffirmation of the industry that has gone into the revitalization of public schools by the state government despite the fact that it cannot compel people on what choice to make between a public school and a private school for their wards.
He added that even if the government cannot force people to take their wards to public schools it is committed to ensuring that it provides standards that are comparable with the best in the private schools stressing that it is not ready to abdicate that responsibility.
Governor Fashola noted that the emergence of Miss Ogbuefi underscores the fact that Lagos State will always give fair opportunity to everyone who chose to live and work here irrespective of where he or she hails from.
The Governor said the fact that Miss Ogbuefi had once won a quiz competition where he presented her the award underscores the fact that she worked her way to the present glorious opportunity.
He added that there have been many past winners of the competition who have gone ahead to become outstanding students and leaders with some graduating from the University with First Class honours and some Second Class honours.
He charged Miss Ogbuefi to note that this is just the beginning and that life is all about reaching for greater heights by finding the inner motivation to record better performance noting that she cannot afford to lie at ease.
The Governor explained that part of the exposure expected from the winning of the Spelling Bee Competition is that it connects the very best young ones to what governance is all about so that they know what it takes for governmental decisions to be arrived at.
Governor Fashola opined that the earlier the young generation connects with what the government is doing at the seat of power the better for the state, adding that he hopes Miss Ogbuefi will have a sense of connection that one day she too will want to serve.
He gave a commitment that the list of requirements made by the One Day Governor for her school would be worked upon by the Commissioner for Education and her team whilst also taking cognizance of other schools' requirements in the state.
He added that all the State demands from residents is for them to pay their taxes regularly and contribute to the development of the community.
To the runners- up in the competition who emerged as members of the Cabinet, the Governor urged them to always note that there is always an opportunity for someone to emerge as the champion.
He said they should not settle for being the second best but resolve to go back and rededicate themselves to ensure that they continue to improve themselves.
Speaking earlier after being ushered into the Executive Council Chambers by State Government Officials including the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Mr Olukunle Ojo and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs Omolara Erogbogbo, Miss Lilian Ogbuefi commended the State Government for the wonderful transformation which it has brought about in education, transportation, security and road networks in the State.
Miss Ogbuefi who received a standing ovation from members of the State Executive Council for her masterful command of English Language lauded the government for the infrastructural development across the state, saying: "I can proudly say that Lagos public School is the best and the students can shine any time anywhere".
She commended the innovation that has been brought about in terms of academic competition in Lagos State and also gave kudos to the New Era Foundation for the opportunity which she said has brought her to lime light and enable her to mount the 'hot seat'.
The One-Day Governor also made a case for the provision of a 250KVA generator and school bus for her school the State Senior Model College, Kankon, Badagry so as to enhance learning in the school.
The 16 year-old winner of the 2012 Spelling Bee Competition, Miss Lilian Ogbuefi, who was accompanied by her parents also had other members of her cabinet which included: the Deputy Governor, Miss Ireti Ogedengbe; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Master Chibueze Jonathan; Secretary to the State Government, Miss Temitope Fumilayo; Commissioner for Education, Master Moutoe Samto, Commissioner for Health, Master Olebi Favour and Commissioner for Science and Technology, Master Okeke Chima Obi.