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30th March, 2021


The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, recently presented cars among other gift items to outstanding teachers and school administrators in the State, as part of his promise to reward excellence and hard work in the teaching profession. Speaking at the grand finale of the Y2020 Teachers Merit Awards held at the Sports Pavilion, Lagos House Ikeja. Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasized that the initiative is in line with the state government’s commitment to use education as a weapon to change the world, adding that through education, which represents the third pillar of his administration’s T-H-E-M-E-S agenda, a template was developed towards rewarding selflessness, dedication and diligence amongst teachers in the state. The Governor appreciates the feats achieved by teachers in the state especially at national competitions. In his words, ‘’Our teachers keep placing Lagos on national pedestal’’ Governor Sanwo-Olu opined that, if teachers have such exceptional qualities, pupils will not only excel in academics but will also exhibit innate sterling abilities in cognitive, psychomotor, affective and co-curricular areas of learning. The Governor affirmed that the group of awardees will serve as Lagos State Ambassadors of Excellence in Education for the next one year. He advised the teachers not to see the initiative as a contest but as a way to motivate them to continue to put in their best, believing that such commitment will one day be rewarded. Delivering her welcome address, Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo stressed that the event is indeed a testament to a promise made and fulfilled. She highlighted that the committee received over 3,200 applications and through stringent evaluation criteria, they were able to present the finalists. Mrs. Adefisayo lauded the Governor for his passion towards rewarding excellence, most especially enhancing the welfare of teachers and adding value to the growth of the education sector. The Commissioner while delivering her remarks enthused that the finalist will be showcased and exposed to multiple opportunities which will enhance the vision of the state in restoring the prestige of the teaching profession and further encourage the return of teaching as a career of choice for the youths. The winners of this year’s award were Adesola Akindele, Temitope Gbadamosi, Temitope Ibiwunmi, Rasheed Odenike, Rebecca Oyinloye, Oluwaseun Balogun, Joshua Olasehinde, Abosede Padonu-Daniel, Ekundayo Ajiborisade, Tolulope Odusanya, Tawakalitu Akinleye and Ovinuyon Buhari. Each one of them was presented with a car, a tablet, a plaque, among other gifts. Responding and appreciating Mr. Governor on behalf of the Awardees, the elated Mrs. Ovinuyon Buhari confessed that this gesture by the Governor is a dream comes true. She said “We’ve been hearing about it and finally it is real’’