By Amaka Abayomi
The Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to provide qualitative and world class education to the teeming populace.
This was disclosed by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at the grand finale of the Lagos State Schools’ Debate. He said his administration will continue to do everything possible to ensure that quality education in state-owned schools matches the best obtainable anywhere in the world.
Represented by the Special Adviser on Commerce, Mr. Seye Oladejo, Fashola posited that if education is the key of liberation of the inner minds, it then becomes imperative to develop the innate talents of the young ones.
In the same vein, the Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, said that the state government’s massive transformation of the state’s public schools through the provision of conducive environment for quality teaching and learning, has given the children the opportunity to realise their full potentials irrespective of their backgrounds.
At the end of the competition, much points were raised for and against the motion, Oriwu Senior College, Ikorodu, for the second consecutive year, emerged victorious over Vetland Senior Model College, Ifako-Ijaiye.
Ejide Temitope and Ajimati Samuel of Oriwu Senior Model College went home with N500,000 and would represent Nigeria at the international schools debate in Turkey later in the year, while Adeyemi Modupe and Ore Mary of Vetland got N250,000.
Meanwhile, Adefila Oluwanifesimi and Thompson Abimbola of Lagos State Senior Model College, Igbokuta, beat Badagry Senior Grammar School, Badagry District V to clinch the third position.
In the individual speakers’ category, Adepeju Fatiu of Eko Akete Senior Grammar School, Lagos Island, beat six other contestants to clinch the first position while Shadeko Adejuwon of Agidingbi Senior Grammar School District VI and Balogun Oluwaseyi of Ikosi Senior Grammar School, Ikosi, came second and third respectively.