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By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase, Reporter, Lagos
For improved performance to be recorded in the education sector in Lagos State, the state government has identified that teachers must be well taken care of so as to give their best to the students.
This has made the state government through the Ministry of Education to as a way of appreciation organised a get-together for Principals of secondary schools and Directors in the education ministry at The Grandeur in Oregun area of the metropolis.
The principals and officials of the ministry decked in beautiful attires and looking radiant for the party were full of appreciation to the state government for hosting them again this year as some of them were awarded for their outstanding performance.
In her welcome address at the event, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunoye thanked the principals for the job well done and for recording a better performance in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Lagos schools.
Oladunjoye said the essence of the party was to appreciate the efforts of the principals and directors and giving them a sense of belonging so that they can do more next year.
“Not that we have gotten where we are going, but for us to improve and work hard, we will continue to work to improve our education to have a better performance and get better result,” she said.
Chairman , All Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Mr. Babatunde Phillips appreciated the state government for hosting them and called on his colleagues to do more next year and be more committed so that the state could record better result in next year WASSCE.
Special Adviser on EKO Project, Ms. Ronke Azeez noted that the education ministry was working very hard and the results were been seen at the performance of students that sat for the WASSCE examination. She therefore called on the principals do to do more next year. “We should be more determined to work harder next year so as to record a better result than what we have this year,” she said.
Also Special Adviser on Education, Fatai Olukoga commended the teachers and also advised them to continue so that excellent results could be recorded in external examinations in the state.
However, the State Head of Service (HOS), Adesegun Ogunlewe said the party was organised by the state government to appreciate the good efforts of the educators in moving education forward in the state.
He informed that the state government would continue to give education sound support in terms of infrastructure and welfare and also assured that Tutor General/ Permanent Secretaries (TG/PS) would be taken from serving principals.
“The state government will continue to give education sound support in terms of infrastructure and welfare. We now give air conditioned cars to principals; we want to make you comfortable so that you can give your best. We will make sure that TG/PS will be taken from serving principals,” he added.
He assured them that appropriate attention would be given to all civil servants.
One of the award recipients, Director of Social Mobilisation at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Adefuye Olatunji, said he was not expecting the award that he was just doing his work according to his mind not knowing that some people were somewhere watching him.
“I am just doing my work to satisfy myself and God, without knowing that people are watching me. I give the glory back to God for counting me worthy of receiving the award and this award will gear me up to do more and be more dedicated to my duty,” he said.
He however said there was a good improvement in the education sector in the state judging from the performance of students that wrote the last WASSCE and that if the state continues to support education the way it was doing, better performance would be recorded in all aspects of the sector.
Also Director, Technical and Vocational Services at the Lagos State Technical Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Mr. Oguntuyi Gilbert, who was another awardees said the programme was a way of showing appreciation and rewarding people that have contributed to the development of education in the state and that with the recognition and award it would make them more committed to their work and gear others up to do more so that they too can be recognised.
“It is just a way of rewarding teachers in the development of education in the state. This is one of the ways to motivate teachers to do more. I appreciate the state government for doing this,” he stated.
The outstanding directors include, Director, Account, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Saba-Osiade Risikat; Director, Social Mobilisation, State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB)Adefuye Olatunji; Director, Monitoring and Investigation, Mr. Sulaiman-Ajayi Ganiyu; Director, Training and Staff Welfare at the Teachers Establishment and Pension office (TEPO), Aromolaran Anta; Director, Technical and Vocational Services at the Lagos State Technical Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Mr. Oguntuyi Gilbert.
Others are: Director, Schools Administration in Education District one, Mrs. Uzondu Ifeyinwa; Director Inspectorate, District two, Mr. Badejo Tokunbo; Director, Co-curricular Science and Technology, District three, Akinlaja Ayodeji; Head of Finance, District four Anileleye Muraina; Director, School Administration District five Mrs. Solarin Titilayo and Director, School Administration, District six, Mrs. Olusoga Olubukola.
The outstanding Principals include; Principal, Vetland Junior Grammar School, Mr. Olatunde Isaac, Principal Community Senior Grammar School, Gberigbe Ikorodu, Mr. Dina Festus, Principal Eko Akete Senior Grammar School Lagos Island, Mrs. Ibrahim Mopelola, Principal Community Senior High School Surulere, Balogun Akintele, Principal Agboju Junior Secondary School, Miss Brown Olufunmilayo, Principal Ikeja Senior High School Ikeja, Mrs. Orokunle Christiana, Principal Ipakodo Junior Grammar School Ikorodu, Mrs. Adegbilugbe Omolaraeni, Principal Government Technical College Ado-Soba, Mr. Jagun Salihu and Head Teacher Roman Catholic Mission Primary School, Bogike Ibeju-Lekki Mrs. Badero Adebisi.
However special awards were given to the state Head of Service, Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe and Special Adviser to governor on EKO Project Ms. Ronke Azeez.