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Lagos Primary School Teachers to get ‘Official Cars’

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, made a surprise appearance at CMS Schools Complex in Bariga for an assessment of the on-going capacity building programme for all public primary school teachers across the State.

More than 2,000 teachers from all the 57 local councils are currently undergoing a two-week intensive training being held under the State Government’s Eko Excel Initiative. The programme is a key component of the Sanwo-Olu administration’s education blueprint seeking to deploy technology to fundamentally transform the basic education template, thereby improving the outcome of teaching and learning.

The State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and its technical partner, Bridge International Academies, had already trained 2,400 primary school teachers in the first tranche of the capacity building programme.

Sanwo-Olu said the training was necessary to incorporate the primary school teachers into the reforms being introduced to improve on education at the foundation level and enhance the quality of education in the State.

The Governor said his Government had concluded the plans to digitise curriculum of basic schools, noting modern techniques were being employed to maximise learning in all public-owned primary schools. He said the teachers required the training to enable them use gadgets being introduced by the Government to achieve and measure academic growth in primary schools.

He said: “We are changing the mode of instruction in our primary school and we are employing technology to achieve this. By this, we are creating a situation where school will be attractive to children, irrespective of social background. We believe the first effort to shape their future is to make them look forward to going to school every day in their formative years. When we properly prepare them at that cognitive stage, we have carved a good future for them.

“Delivering these instructions is critical. This is why we introduced this intensive training to boost the capacity of our teachers to deliver and support these children at this critical stage. We believe teachers are the first point of contact between the children and their future. The six hours spent with teachers can go a long way in shaping what the pupils will become tomorrow.”

Apart from the training, Sanwo-Olu said the Government would also be supporting the teachers with attractive welfare package that would boost their morale and enhance productivity. To better motivate the teachers and get them committed to their duty, the Governor disclosed that his administration would be introducing a vehicle scheme for head teachers to support them in delivering their responsibilities.

“They used to say that teacher’s reward is in heaven. In Lagos State, all diligent teachers will get their rewards while they are alive. As a form of reward for your efforts, we are going to give head teachers official vehicles. We expect this will get you more committed to discharge your duty,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu, who observed some of the training sessions, said the teachers were expected to develop on emotional intelligence after the training, which would help them focus on how best to prepare pupils in their care for learning, each day.

The teachers were also being trained on how to use a purpose-built Android tablet, which, the Governor said, was introduced to make it easy for the State to track growth and predict pupils’ performance on weekly basis. Through the gadget, Sanwo-Olu said the State would be adopting a single curriculum across schools and checking absenteeism among teachers and pupils.

He said: “The use of teacher computer will enable us to know what each teacher is teaching on daily and weekly basis. This shows that we can measure academic growth and we can predict the outcome, because all pupils are being taken through same instructions at the same time. We are expecting outcome that will propel us to another level. These are part of the progress we are going to achieve with the use of the tech gadgets as a medium to pass instructions in our basic schools.”

The unscheduled visit, however, turned to a moment of appreciation for the visibly elated teachers, who suspended the training sessions to show their gratitude to the Governor for the opportunity. The training, it was gathered, is the first in about two decades in which primary school teachers are being taken through an intensive training programme aimed at strengthening their capacity to discharge their tasks.

Accompanying the Governor on the visit include the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, and SUBEB Chairman, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King.

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Abiru Commissions 4 Blocks Of 24 Classrooms

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Traditional rulers, top clerics, political leaders including council chairmen and lawmakers applauded the unprecedented feats of the Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA as he commissioned four blocks of 24 classrooms with 16 toilets at Aga Primary School Ikorodu.

Abiru who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Industries has proven his mettle as a performer since he got into the saddle last December.

The classrooms which are equipped with chairs, tables and other modern instructional equipment replaced a distressed two blocks of four classrooms.

The Senator disclosed that other local governments under the Lagos East Senatorial District are also benefitting projects. He said, “Projects like these are also going on in Kosofe, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Somolu, among others. So, this is the way we have staggered the projects”.

He further explained, “The essence of this is to create a platform where pupils can learn in a conducive environment and develop knowledge that will enhance their education pursuit.

“This new edifice will enhance the Pupils to concentrate fully on their study and everything we are seeing here today were done within the space of four months and it shows a lot of determination.”

Abiru while addressing the pupils charged them to concentrate on their studies.
“I want to charge you all to be focused in your education, there is nothing impossible because I am also a product of a public school” The Senator advised the pupils.

The Chairman Ikorodu Local Government, Hon. Wasiu Ayodele Adeshina, in his remarks, applauded Senator Abiru, commending his uncommon performance and gestures in the Lagos East Senatorial within the shortest time.

“I wish to express my sincere gratitude to our Distinguished Senator, Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru who had facilitated these projects through the office of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)for the success of our pupils here at Aga Primary Schools in ikorodu.

“In the same vein, I appreciate the SDGs for the development of our schools here and in other Local Governments”

The Chairman also urged the Parents and guardians to take advantage of this good initiative by Senator to allow their children to enroll for primary education, saying education is the best legacy parents can provide their children.

Also, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, Chairman, Hon. Wahaab Alawiye-King, commended the gesture of the Senator, saying Abiru’s resolve to ensure qualitative education for children was highly commendable.

He said, “The basic education level is a crucial stage because it is the foundation upon which all other levels are built. It is our desire as a government to ensure that this level of education is strengthened to enhance the future prospects of our children and their ability to cope with the challenges of higher levels of education. So, Senator Abiru’s effort towards actualizing this in Lagos East is quite commendable and laudable”.

Leaders who graced the occasion include Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Bashorun, Former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Prince Biodun Ogunleye, Grand Chief Imam of Ikorodu, Chief Imam Seifudeen Jamiu Adenoritan Olowooribi, council chairmen, lawmakers among others.

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600 Lagos students benefit from Senator Tokunbo Abiru’s Bursary Scheme

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The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Tokunbo Abiru today presented a bursary award of N30 million to 600 deserving students collated from the 98 wards in the 16 LGs/LCDAs in his constituency. The students who got N50,000 each ranged from 200L to 400L in various institutions of higher learning. They were chosen for their academic prowess despite their indigent status by an independent committee, TACT Bursary Advisory Board led by Dr. Saheed Ibikunle.

 

Speaking during the well-attended event which took place at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Senator Tokunbo Abiru restated: ‘The issues of young people are the core of my own legislative agenda. The minimum I believe we can do and in line with our social contract with our esteemed constituent is to provide support for their dreams in order to have full and maximum expression. I am passionate about greater good for greater number.

 

This mantra guides my philosophy and strategy in giving a lease of life to our people within my power.

 

The doing good concept is to ensure it extends to greater number of people.’

 

‘One of the major agenda of my social contract with the good people of Lagos East Senatorial District is youth development of global readiness. This, I have sought to achieve with multi-dimensional approach through collaboration, cocreation, infrastructural intervention, and capacity building. It is a part of this that has given birth to my Annual Sen. Abiru Endowment Fund and to support and encourage our staff and students within their respective institutions of learning. That is the reason why we are here today.’

 

‘The objective of this scheme is to promote higher qualitative education by supporting brilliant students who have challenges in funding their education.

 

In this maiden edition, 600 eligible students across 98 wards in 16 LGs/LCDAs in Lagos East Senatorial District were shortlisted and screened by Bursary Advisory Board which is an independent committee’, he noted.

 

 

The Special Adviser (Education) to the Governor, Hon. Tokunbo Wahab who represented the Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu said: ‘For Mr. Governor, there is nothing more than investment in human capital. You can have all the resources but if you don’t have investment in education and health, you are not going anywhere.’

 

‘I want to thank the Distinguished Senator for this investment. With due respect, Lagos East Senatorial District we need to catch up, and catching up starts with education. What we are doing for our people today is not just investment but showing them the path and the light. We are giving 600 of our best the encouragement. The multiplier effect goes beyond this 600, it motivates the other students in the ecosystem.’

 

‘On behalf of the Governor, I want to say a big thank you. I know that in the past 2 years, the Governor has given the sum of N493million bursary to 27,000 students and N499million scholarship to 2,801 students but we want to keep investing. I call on all good hearted individuals to enable this gesture.’

 

Speaking on how they came about the scheme, the Chairman of TACT Bursary Board, Dr. Abiodun Fatai-Abatan shared: ‘My findings have shown that this bursary scheme by Sen. Tokunbo Abiru is the largest privately-funded bursary award in the history of Lagos East Senatorial District. Thank you, sir, for writing your name in gold in the heart of 600 people.

The Bursary Advisory Board was inaugurated on 30th April 2021 to support indigent but brilliant students of Lagos East Senatorial District studying in tertiary institutions in Lagos state’.

 

Sir David Sunmoni, Pro-Chancellor of Governing Council of Lagos State University (LASU) remarked: ‘I congratulate you, Sen. Tokunbo Abiru for being a man of the people. The investment in human capital is the best investment you can make. Give a person a fish, you feed him for one day but teach him how to fish, you feed him for life. What you are doing for the people is actually teaching them how to fish.’

 

The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello ‘I felicitate with Sen. Tokunbo Abiru on the occasion of formal presentation of bursary award to indigent students in institutions of higher learning in Lagos East Senatorial District. Today reminds me of the quote – a promise is a cloud, fulfillment is rain.

Our distinguished senator has showered rain on some deserving students and many families. It has inspired hope and made the foundation of a beautiful tomorrow for these youths, families, Lagos East Senatorial District, and world at large.’

‘LASU as a forward thinking institution has instituted a similar thing, a 50% refund of tuition fee for all our scholars in the university. It is our way of ensuring that diligent students get all the opportunity they need to excel promoting dedication, hard-work and excellence.

 

The Rector of Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Dr. Oluremi Olaleye represented by Deputy Rector (Academics), Dr. Olumide Metilelu said: ‘I wish to specially appreciate Sen. Tokunbo Abiru for channeling his resources in assisting students from Lagos East Senatorial District in their academic pursuit. This bursary is a source of relief on the students and their families.’

 

‘To you, our beloved who are privileged to receive this award, I want to congratulate you for your brilliance, hardwork and tenacity especially at a time when mnay youths have misplaced priorities. I urge you to continue in hardwork and persistence in pursuit of academic excellence. Make judicious use of this scholarship to the benefit of yourself, Lagos state, and the nation at large.’

 

The Chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Goveror of Lagos state, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye said: ‘Senator Abiru was my one-time branch manager at First Bank where he was singled out as an exemplary banker. He rose to be an Executive Director of the bank. He was later picked by the apex bank, Central Bank of Nigeria. I wish him well in all of his endeavours.’

 

In his goodwill message, member of Lagos State Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun said: ‘I congratulate Sen. Abiru. This is an inborn thing. I thank God that He has given me the opportunity to see what Tokunbo, the some of MAB is doing for Ikorodu’.

The event was well attended by some royal fathers and political associates within Lagos East Senatorial District.

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Sanwo-Olu appoints new VC for LASU

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The Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Olusola-Sanwo-Olu has approved the appointment of Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello as the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU).
Professor Olatunji-Bello was appointed following recommendation by the Joint Committee of Council and Senate of LASU in accordance with the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State.
She assumed duty as the First Professor of Physiology in LASU College of Medicine on the 2nd of October 2007 after rising through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1988 to 1991) to Associate Professor in 2005 at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba.
In Y2012, Mrs. Olatunji-Bello attended the Course 34 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, the highest policy advisory body of the Federal Government, as a nominee of the National Universities Commission.
A member of the National Institute (mni), Mrs. Olatunji-Bello holds a Fellowship Award of the Physiological Society of Nigeria and was also appointed a Fellow of the Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation in the year 2019.
Prof. Olatunji-Bello as well as two other candidates, Professor Omotayo R. Awofolu and Professor Senapon Bakare, were recommended for the position in order of ranking respectively.
The process of selecting a substantive Vice-Chancellor for LASU commenced with advertisements for the vacant position in three National dailies on Friday, July 30th and Friday 13th August, 2021 respectively.
The tenure of the 8th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, lapsed on January 11, 2021.
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