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17-Year-Old Girl emerges Lagos State 1-day Governor

Governor Babajide Sanwa Olu on Monday, December 20, gave the seat of power and authority to Ms. Jemimah Marcus, a 17-year-old, for a brief moment to act as a one-day governor of Lagos state.

Jemimah is a student of Angus memorial secondary school in Somali, Lagos east, she is the winner of the 2020 edition of the spelling bee competition.

She describes the governor of Lagos state as an iron man leader, saying the state has progressed in education, health, housing, fracture, transportation, youth, and women’s development.

In her words: “Mr. Governor, I commend your team for excellent leadership, as well as proactiveness 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 programs, 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 outcome. 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 academic.”

Further speaking, Jemimah solicited for more funding for her school, and schools where students learn under harsh circumstances.

She also asked the Lagos state governor to support her parents in order to help her realise her future dreams.

The one-day governor harped on the need to commit more investment in digital literacy across public schools in the State, urging Sanwo-Olu to ensure the metropolitan fibre being laid across Lagos drops in public schools as promised.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he accepted the requests made by Jemimah.

He said: “I accepted the request of our one-day Governor that government should make more investment in education and human capital development.

“As a government we are already doing that and we will continue to do more.”

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