Ambode: Lagos To Get First Woman Governor Soon

Filed in News by on September 14, 2017

•One-day governor, deputy get scholarship, N1m each

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed optimism that the state will soon produce its first woman governor.

The governor spoke yesterday when he hosted the One-Day Governor, Miss Zuffon Bukola, with members of her State Executive Council (Exco) at the Exco Chambers of Lagos House in Ikeja, the state capital.

He said the victory of Miss Zuffon, and her deputy, Miss Rosemary Ogidan, was a signpost of what the future holds for the state.

Miss Zuffon, a 16-year-old Senior Secondary School (SSS) II pupil of Awodiora Senior Secondary School at Ajegunle became the One-Day Governor after she won a keenly contested Spelling Bee competition in June.

Miss Ogidan, also an SSS II pupil of Methodist Senior High School at Badagry, was the runner-up.

Ambode said the victory of two girls as one-day governor and deputy governor showed that a woman could be elected governor of the state.

He said: “This is a significant day for Lagos State. It also signals what the future holds for the state. We have seated here two females, who are strong members of the new State Executive Council. We have a female governor and a female deputy governor.

“This is also telling us a story about what the future of Lagos is all about: that one day, we would find seated here, not just a day governor, but for a period or tenure of four years, there would be a female governor in this state.

“We’ve had female deputy governors in this state. It also says something that these younger ones are telling our women in Lagos to rise up and take their position.”

The governor hailed Miss Zuffon and her Exco members, saying their feat was an indication that the funds the state government spent on improving the Educational sector were not wasted.

He assured all that his administration would further develop the sector.

Ambode said: “I want to congratulate her and her Exco members for also showing to us that the future of education in Lagos is strong. We believe that the resources we are spending in the Educational sector are not going to be waste. They have also shown that they are ready to succeed us as long as we encourage them.

“So, we’ll do everything, as what we have been doing in the last two years, to continue to pay greater attention to education and make sure we do so much in youth development to allow them become mentally capable of succeeding us, even as we move away from all the things we have done in the public service.”

The governor awarded full scholarship to Miss Zuffon and Miss Ogidan.

He also announced a cash gift of N1 million to each of them.

Ambode donated N500,000 to each member of the One-Day Governor’s Exco, consisting of Master Tovishede Ayobami (Secretary to the State Government); Master Philip Daniel (Speaker of the House of Assembly); Master Durojaiye Oluwasegun (Commissioner for Education); Master Atabo Ufedojo (Commissioner for Science and Technology).

Miss Zuffon hailed the governor for his visionary leadership and achievements, especially in the Educational sector.

She noted that despite the economic challenges, teachers’ salaries and entitlements were paid as when due.

The aspiring lawyer requested for a school bus, the renovation of the multipurpose hall as well as the construction of drainage channels in her school.

Ambode granted her requests.

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