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Angus Memorial student Jemimah Marcus becomes Lagos’ one-day governor


Angus Memorial student Jemimah Marcus becomes Lagos’ one-day governor

‘One-day Governor’ Jemimah Marcus of Lagos has called for more funding in the education sector.


Miss Marcus made the call in Lagos on Monday when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, ceremonially yielded the seat of authority to her for a brief moment to step in as one-day governor.

The teenager stated that more funding would cater to more schools, especially where students learn under harsh circumstances.

She harped on the need to invest more in digital literacy across public schools in the state, urging Mr Sanwo-Olu to ensure that the metropolitan fibre being laid across Lagos dropped in public schools as promised.


The 17-year-old student of Angus Memorial Secondary School, Somolu, Lagos East, also solicited support for her parents to help realise her future dreams.

Miss Marcus, an Edo indigene, won the 2020 edition of the Spelling Bee Competition, thereby earning the honour to become the one-day governor.

Presiding over the cabinet meeting, Miss Marcus commended Mr Sanwo-Olu’s administration for initiating laudable programmes through the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda to turn around governance and service delivery.

”Mr Governor, I commend your team for excellent leadership and being proactive in critical sectors. In education, the state government has embarked on revamping schools and delivering new ones to improve access,” said the teenager. ”This effort has been complemented with massive innovative programmes, such as EKO EXCEL, Lagos Learns Together, Read Loud, EKO Digital School, and job initiative.”


She described the one-day governorship as a ”dream come true.”

Responding, Mr Sanwo-Olu said the one-day governorship programme was one of the ways employed by the state to raise future leaders.

”I am delighted to say that the competition has been achieving its desired vision and objectives. The organisers will be following up on your future endeavour to ensure you acquire the right leadership skills and become responsible citizens,” noted the Lagos governor. ”Your success at the competition is an encouragement for us to do a lot more, especially in education.”




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