It is indeed a thing of pride and joy in Lagos at the weekend when students from five states of the country took part in a keenly contested finals of the annual national Spelling Bee competition organised by The Muslim Congress, TMC.
Speaking at the event, the Amir of TMC, Dr. Luqman Abdulraheem, ably represented by the Secretary-General, Alhaji Abdulwasi’I Bangbala commended the five finalists for performing excellently saying they are all winners.
The National Education Officer of TMC, Alhaji Abdulrahman Animashaun made it known that the 2nd edition of the annual competition which took place at Dawah Centre, Ijesha-Lagos, was organized to impact positively on the academic performance of the students.
Nurudeen Olumegbon who represented Lagos took first position while Jubril AbdulSalam, Kwara State, came second followed by Mahmud AbdulHakeem, Osun State.Mujibat Ayokunle who represented Ogun State:took 4th position while Oyo State’s Tajudeen AbdulSalam took the fifth position.
Dr Idris Olasupo, speaking on the topic; “Towards Achieving Academic Excellence” urged the students to take their studies seriously while also commending TMC for prioritizing programmes that impact Nigerian students positively.
Winners with some of the dignitaries at the event.
Some other dignitaries at the event called on members and well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to support the great initiative with gifts and cash in order to further encourage the students.
In her goodwill message, the immediate past Chairperson of women Journalists in Lagos State, Hajia Sekinah Lawal called on television stations to always encourage serious studies’ efforts by helping in publicising such brilliant feats rather than just playing music that add no value to the lives of our young ones; same for Radio stations, print and online media.
The guests also advised other Muslim organisations to emulate TMC in striking a balance between educational and religious programmes.
In his remark, the Assistant Secretary-General of TMC, Alhaji Muhammad Salman said that the 2020 edition will involve local government chapters of the organisation to ensure more schools’ participation
While presenting the prizes, Alhaji Bamgbala reiterated the fact that all the participants performed excellently in the competition which was organised in line with global standard.
Other dignitaries at the event include Alhaji AbdulAzeez Olawunmi, Secretary, TMC, Lagos State, Alhaji Hussein Sulaiman, Education Officer Kwara State, Alhaji Naimdeen AbdulGhaffar, Education Officer Lagos State, Alhaja Rashida Bangbala, representing Amirah of Al Muminaat Organization among other eminent personalities.