The Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State has entered into a partnership with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to adopt E-library for its students.
Mr Ganiyu Quadri, the council Sole Administrator, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the 2017 Alimosho Intra-Local Government Spelling Bee Competition in Lagos.
NAN reports that Master Olufemi Olasehinde, a student of Shasha Community Senior High School, Alimosho, won the 2016 edition of Lagos State Spelling Bee Competition and subsequently became a “One-day Governor’’ of the state.
Spelling Bee is an annual competition for the public primary and secondary schools in Lagos, introduced to the state Ministry of Education by New Era Foundation (NEF) and started in 2001.
Quadri said that the E-library was to make reading accessible and comfortable for pupils and students in public schools in the council area.
“This is to encourage our students to give optimum concentration on their studies, so as to be a good ambassador of the local government, as Olufemi Olasehinde did last year.
“With an android phone and a token generated for us by UNICEF, which is giving confidentially to our schools, students will have 24 hours access to books online either at school or home.
“This is to keep them reading, as we do not expect them to engage in other activities than reading, except sports to energise their brains and physical body, ” he said.
The sole administrator said with the E-library initiative, he was hopeful that students would improve in their academics and perform better at the 2017 Spelling Bee Competition.
He encouraged those students representing the council in the competition to be hardworking, diligent, focussed and put in their best to replicate last years’ feat by emerging as the overall winner.
“Other local governments are also preparing, so you must put in your best, see your academic pursuit as your priority, prove your worth and show readiness and capability to win and make us and your parents proud,” Quadri said.
He promised that the council would continue to be committed to the overall development of youths and children in the area.
“This was indicated in the deworming exercise carried out on all public schools’ children and other health programmes in the local government area.
“The programmes were geared toward ensuring healthy children as a vital condition for meaningful learning and education,” the sole administrator said.
Quadri said it was the pride of the council to have produced the winner in 2016, promising to strive hard to retain the trophy.
He said the council has never lagged behind in term of education, as its leadership always give total support to the academic pursuit of students in the area.
Quadri commended teachers for their roles in building morally and intellectually sound children for a better Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole, praying that God would reward them.
In his remarks, Olufemi Olasehinde, winner of the 2016 Spelling Bee Competition and the current one-day governor told NAN that his experience within the last one year was very good and enviable.
Olasehinde said that he has learnt to be more courageous and exposed to what it takes to hold a leadership position.
He urged his colleagues not to rest on their oars, but be prayerful, hardworking and consistent, saying that there were ample of opportunities for them to do better.
“As I desire to become a medical doctor, I will continue to do what I know how to do best which is reading and be more prayerful to fulfil my dream, ” he said.
NAN reports that at the end of the council intra-competition, Obiora Ogochukwu of African Primary School, Akowonjo, came first to represent the council at the primary category.
Also, Ojo Inioluwa and Olagoke Toheeb of Abati Primary School, Abati, came second and third respectively.
At the secondary category, Abah Okocha emerged the winner and would represent the council at the 2017 state competition on a yet to be fixed date.
Rahmon Kehinde of Sasa Community Senior High School came second, while Enwema Emmanuel of Millennium Senior Secondary School came third position.
The competition was categorised into the Primary and Secondary level to allow equal peering in the students Intellectual Quotient (IQ) and intellectual abilities.
NAN reports that age limitations for the two categories are 6 years to 12 years, and 12 years to 17 years for primary and secondary schools respectively.
The preliminaries of the competition were held in each of the 57 Local Government Area and Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
This is to produce winners who would represent the various LGA and LCDA at the Grand Finale of the competition.
Prizes for the winners range from cash to all expenses paid Students Educational Exchange Programme abroad and the rare opportunity for the overall winner to become ‘One Day Governor’ in Lagos.