Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that the state will soon produce its first female governor. He was speaking when he received the One-Day Governor of the State, Miss Zuffon Bukola and members of her cabinet at the Exco Chambers, Lagos House in Ikeja, on Wednesday.
A statement on Wednesday signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, quoted Ambode as saying that the emergence of Miss Zuffon and the One-Day Deputy Governor, Miss Rosemary Ogidan was a signpost to what the future portends for the State.
“Zuffon, a 16 year-old SS 2 student of Awodiora Senior Secondary School, Ajegunle emerged the One-Day Governor of the State after she emerged winner at a keenly contested Spelling Bee Competition in June 2017, while Ogidan, also an SS 2 student of Methodist Senior High School, Badagry finished as runner up,” the statement said.
According to the Governor, the emergence of two females as One-Day governor and deputy governor of the state clearly indicates that a female can likewise be elected as the governor of the state.
He said: “This is a significant day for Lagos State and it also signals what the future actually holds for Lagos State in which we have seated here, two female strong members of the new State Executive Council and we have a female governor and a female deputy governor.
“It 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 actually take their position.”
He said the state government was encouraged by the exploits of past One Day governors and their cabinet members who are excelling in their various endeavours, just as he commended parents of the students as well as the school management for all the efforts put into bringing out the best in them.
In order to encourage their efforts, Governor Ambode awarded full scholarship to the One Day Governor, Miss Zuffon and her Deputy, Miss Ogidan while also announcing a cash donation of N1 million each to the two students.