A private school situated at Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State known as Groomers Private School has emerged winner of the 3rd edition of the annual Community Gist Spelling Bee tagged Community Inter-Schools Spelling Bee. The event which was organized by a leading community media organization known as Community Gist and sponsored by a giant automobile and garage equipment company in Africa known as Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd was held on Saturday, 14th of March, 2020 at The Community Hall, Matogbun.
The Publisher and Founder of Community Gist, Azeez Ramon in his welcome address appreciate everyone present and Almighty God for giving them the opportunity to witness the historical event. Part of his speech reads:
“We gather here today to contribute our quota to community development in particular and national development in general by bringing together future leaders within and outside our community to hone their spelling skills, interact and to inculcate the habit of learning in them. It is not about who emerge as the winner but to interact, network and learn from one another.
“You will all agree with me that spelling skill is declining in great proportion among our pupils/students, even adults as most of us now rely heavily on technology such as auto-correction on our mobile devices in order to make simple sentences. We see this as a great menace and challenge to our educational system, which is the reason why we are putting together an event like this as we believe and optimistic that with this pupils/students spelling skills will improve tremendously as teachers and school owners present will work on grey areas they identify.”
Azeez also calls on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations to support the program in order to make it bigger and better. ” At this junction, we are calling on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations who are passionate about educational development to partner with us to make this event bigger and better as we are determined to motivate and courage pupils/students to do better academically.” He added.
Azeez rounded up his speech by appreciating those who contributed one way or the other to the success of the event. “Finally, I will like to express my profound gratitude to the management and staff of Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd, the sponsor of this momentous event, particularly the CEO of the company, in person of Alhaji Lukman Garu for his love for education and believing in this vision. I also appreciate members of the organizing committee who have been working round the clock to ensure this event is successful. My sincere appreciation goes to Mrs. Theresa Moses (Editor, Gatmash Blog), Mr. Sunday Akeju (Proprietor, Aksund International School), Mr. Basit Ayobami, Mr. Seun Oguntoyinbo, Mr. Shola, Mr. Akinyele Noah aka Dovero, Mrs. Rukayat Akintoye, Mrs. Temitope Otepola, Mr. Olaniyan Joshua, Mr. Ibrahim Opeyemi, Coach Lanre, Mr. Yusuf Akinlotan (Producer, Moving On, VON), Mr. Ganiu Bolaji, and other people I couldn’t mention.
“My sincere appreciation also goes to our partners; Petdavella Nigeria Ltd., Shautech Nigeria Enterprises, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN, Ifo LGA chapter), Alpha Initiative For Development, Wholelife Initiative For Development In Africa (WID – A), Agrotrends Nigeria Integrated Service, Youth For New Nigeria (YNN), Kosofe Post, Platform Times, Community Development Youth Service Initiative (NACOYSI) as well as Unit of Beauties. I also appreciate Matogbun Area CDC for given us the opportunity to use the Community Hall.”
The CEO of Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd, Alhaji Lukman Garu in his speech commended the schools in attendance for participating in the competition and the organizer for a well-done job and pledged his continuous support for the educational programs adding that he is passionate about children education, particularly in the rural communities as there are countless opportunities in the community. He said he is looking forward to seeing the programs becoming great whereby multinational companies and organizations will be supporting the programs.
Schools in attendance are; God’s Time Academy, Spontaneous Global Academy, Wammy B Private School, Mowaiz School, and Tolmag Private School.
Others are; Morkaz Oriola School, Dammiz Academy, Golden Top College, Aksund International School, Za’amah Integrated School, Groomers Private School as well as Graceway School.
At the end of the competition, there was a tie between Tolmag Private School and God’s Time Academy for the third position as both schools had 17 points. There was also a tie between Aksund International School and Groomers Private School for the first and second positions as both schools had 18 points. So the Pronouncer called out one word to the Spellers to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position. At the end of the additional round, Groomers Private School from Akute won with 19 points, Aksund International School from Maidan took the 2nd position with 18, while Tolmag Private School from Matogbun took the 3rd position with 18 points.
The winning school, Groomers Private School got twenty – five thousand naira (#25,000) plus consolation prizes, 2nd, Aksund International School got nineteen thousand naira (#19,000) plus consolation prizes, while the 3rd, Tolmag Private School got thirteen thousand naira plus consolation prizes.
In attendance are; Shaykh Kamil Garu (CEO, Sawtul Akyaar Dawah Communication), Alhaji Adedokun Ibikunle (Chairman, Matogbun Area CDC), Alhaji Ademola Adeagbo (Chairman, Maidan United Group of CDAs), Mrs. Maria Ojo Taiwo (National Coordinator, NAYCOYSI), Chimere Hope (Founder, Wholelife Initiative For Development In Africa) as well as Miss Abigail Odelade (Founder, Unity of Beauties).