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Mirroring the giant strides of Anike Adekanye in Education District II



By Tunde Smith

Mrs. Anike Adekanye, the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary of Education District 2, Maryland, Lagos is one who does not compromise success.

Adekanye who has been described as a pragmatic and diligent leader by many has a track record of sterling performance.

The tutor general/permanent secretary under her leadership has produced over the years the best teacher in Nigeria, best secondary school in Nigeria, best teacher in secondary category, best district in Governor’s Merit Award with 4 cars and 5 consolation prizes, one day Governor (2times), as well as one day deputy Governor.

In Lagos State Education District II where she is currently the head, four of its teachers Mrs. Buhari Ovinuyon; Mr. Rasheed Bolanle Odenike; Mr. Akindele A. Akinbode and Mr. Temitope Gbadamosi, were among the 13 recently recognised in April 2021 as outstanding officers in the State’s education sector by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, with the presentation of brand new cars to each of the teachers as a way of appreciating their commitment to the growth of education.

For Adekanye,her success story is a team work, because she valued excellent working relationships with staff. She is always extolling the teachers for making the District proud by winning several awards and competition in spite of the challenges that confronted the educational sector globally.

“Excellence has now become the new trademark of Education District II, under the leadership of Mrs. Anike Adekanye. She encourages all to emulate the feat so far accomplished by the District and keep the light burning. ‘We must keep doing well and winning more laurels at every competition”, she said.

On 20th October, 2021 National Youth games, Lanre Awolokun High School’s Tijani Abdul Razak came first with Gold medal in Table tennis.

At 7th Award excellence, Luwasa Senior High School Ijede, another school in the district, was honoured by Lagos State government.

At Eko Stem, Ramota Odugbesan of Immaculate Senior High school came third.

5 October, 2021 Presidential teachers Award for 2021 was clinched by Mr. Rasheeed Odenike.

In August 2019,Lagos State Mathematics Olympiad competition represented Ogodo Chukwundi Moses of Keme Balogun Junior College, Ibeshe district and came second. This was followed by an essay competition won by another school in the district, Ogudu Senior Grammar School which came first with a cash of N 40,000 in September 2019, Adedeji Temiloluwa Rhoda represented the district in National Youth Games and came first.

On October 5th 2019, Elusakin Iyabo Agnes was the first overall winner in the National Teachers Award courtesy federal ministry of Education (presidency Award) she went home with a black HYUNDAI Sonata car.

This was followed by the Secondary Schools debate won by Samuel Imanusen of Ipakodo Senior Grammar School at felabration, he went home with a musical instrument and educational tablet.

Abdul Azeez Abdul Raheem and Olayide Subomi of Government Senior Model College Ikorodu represented the district of Lagos State at the 32nd edition of National festival of Arts and culture in Benin City, Edo state.

Eva Adelaya Senior Girls Secondary School Gbagada represented the district at 2019 World Food Day organised by the Lagos State government, ministry of Agriculture in conjuction with Dangote sugar Plc.

Mrs. Anike Adekanye is not a stranger to success and laudable feats. Between 2016 and 2019, her landmark achievements remain indelible even from her days in district 5, Agboju.

In 2016 October, Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior Secondary High School, Ajegunle was the third best in Monopoly organised by Lagos State Sport communication and the State ministry of Education.

Top field College, Ajegunle won the first overall with a cash Prize of N 900,000 in Scholarship. In traditional Sports of Abula and Ayo Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior High School came first with N 200,000 and scholarship from Lagos State ministry of Sport.

In the Robotics competition, Araromi Ilogbo Senior and Junior Schools came fourth with a trophy, medal and school bag from the state ministry of education

Badagry Senior Grammar School was first in School Olympics competition (short put) organised by the State ministry of sport.

During the Lagos State festival of instructional materials in 2016 Lagos State Model Junior College, Ojo, Kankon Senior Secondary School, Ikoga Junior Secondary School, Olodi Apapa Senior Secondary School, Festac Senior College represented the district.

In 2017 PZ Cusson Chemistry Challenge, Federal government college ljanikin and French village international School, Badagry came 3rd 8th respectively.

The Tutor General/Permanent Secretary’s visit to all the 138 Schools in the district including 12 riverine schools was impactful on teaching and learning. It also had a remarkable improvement in students’ attendance.

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2023: Buhari may meet Osinbajo, Tinubu, Amaechi, others



President Muhammadu Buhari would this week meet with all the preidential aspirants of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting was called with a view to reducing the number of presidential hopefuls and also ensuring that all of them pledge to accept the outcome of the primary as was done during the APC presidential primary in 2014.

“The President will meet with the aspirants a few days to the primary with a view to ensuring that there is unity and harmony. He will also meet with the governors separately. The date is not fixed yet, but it should be this week if INEC doesn’t extend the deadline for the primary as we are all hoping,” said an APC chieftain who wished to remain anonymous.

“The President has a candidate. How to present the idea to the likes of Tinubu will be the challenge,” he added.

Buhari’s most senior spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, had said last week that the President indeed had a preferred candidate.

He stated, “In a previous interview when the President was asked whether he had a favourite candidate, he answered yes; but he will not mention him because mischief may happen to that person.

“That shows you that the President himself is interested in the process and he has a preferred candidate; but whether he will impose his candidate is what you cannot determine at the moment.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was not aware of any meeting the President would be having with the aspirants.

“I am not aware of any meeting as of now,” he said.

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Gunmen behead abducted Anambra lawmaker from Governor Soludo’s constituency, hang head in motor park



Gunmen who abducted a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Okey Okoye, have beheaded him.

After beheading him, his head was reportedly displayed at a motor park in Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

The incident, which happened on Saturday, created panic in the community, which had been witnessing a series of violent killings since last year.

Sources added that his body was not there and indications were that the killers removed the body.

“The Anambra lawmaker representing Soludo’s constituency, Okechukwu Okoye who was earlier kidnapped, has been beheaded by gunmen; the late lawmaker’s head was mounted at Chisco Park in Amichi community,” a military source said on Saturday.

Gunmen had last Sunday abducted the lawmaker who was representing Aguata II state constituency in Aguata alongside Cyril Chiegboka, his campaign director.

Governor Charles Soludo had said during the week that efforts were ongoing to rescue the Anambra lawmaker from his abductors.

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MC Oluomo allegedly demands N100million to support re-election of Oshodi Rep member



Chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, is allegedly demanding N100 million to support the re-election of the member representing Oshodi Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Hon. Bashiru Dawodu.

Dawodu, a medical doctor, rode on the back of MC Oluomo to win the election in 2019 after series of attempts in the past.

Dawodu presenting his Certificate of Return to MC Oluomo

Both, however, fell apart few months after Dawodu was elected due to irreconcilable differences .

MC Oluomo is said to be angry with Dawodu for not honouring agreements he (Dawodu) had with him prior to his victory in 2019.

MC Oluomo, who is seen as de-facto leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oshodi was said to have vowed to work against Dawodu’s re-election in 2023.

He is believed to be working for the emergence of a former Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, Afeez Ipesa Balogun to emerge as the APC’s candidate for the House of Representatives election in the constituency.

However, party leaders in the local government including the Chairman of the council, Kehinde Oloyede Almoof had appealed to MC Oluomo to tone down his opposition to Dawodu and support his re-election.

It was gathered that MC Oluomo did not turn down the fence-mending approach because he said he did the same with Oloyede who was his former arch-enemy.

It was further gathered that MC Oluomo demanded N100 million from Dawodu before he gets his support.

The money according to MC Oluomo is to settle his aides and loyalists, who supported Dawodu in 2019 but were abandoned by the Rep member.

According to sources at the various fence-mending meeting, appeals to MC Oluomo to reduce the amount were rebuffed.

Another dimension has, however, been added to the involvement of Oloyede in the matter.

The sources revealed that the council chairman, Oloyede is supporting Dawood because of his own interest.

Oloyede has been eyeing the Rep seat before his election as the council chairman.

Oloyede’s calculation according to the sources is that should Dawood gets the second term, it would be easy for him (Oloyede) to contest for the seat in 2027.

One of the sources who does not want his name in print because of backlash said : “Oloyede is supporting Dawood because of his own personal interest. He believes supporting Dawood may work for him in 2027.

Continuing, the source noted that Oloyede would rather support Dawodu over any other candidates because others eyeing the seat are first timers, who may want to seek for re-election in 2027.

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