By Kunle Somorin
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has appointed four Principals of secondary schools and four Headteachers of elementary schools as Principals-General and Headmasters-General in the State.
The eight Headmasters and Principals are drawn from the four divisions of the State. A principal general or headmaster general enjoys equivalent status of a Permanent Secretary in the Public Service of the State.
The new Principals-General are:
i. Mrs Sekinat Omolola Ogunwolu – Egba Zone
ii. Mrs Rashidat Adenike Bolujoko – Ijebu Zone
iii. Mr Ganiyu Olukorede Ramoni – Remo Zone, and
iv. Mrs Afolake Ibironke Lokulo-Sodipe – Yewa Zone; while the new Headteachers-General are :
i. Mr Semiu Ayodele Akinbo – Egba
ii. Mrs. Sarat Iyabo Adedeji – Ijebu
iii. Mr Emmanuel Tunde Kalejaiye – Remo, and
iv. Mr. Julius Olusina Babatunde – Yewa
The new appointees are called to service at this critical juncture of the State history because of the Government’s mantra of “Building Our Future Together”.
“Our children are our future and to build it, we need to start at the basic level of education. Therefore, our teachers need to be motivated and given the opportunity to attain the highest level in the Public Service.
The new appointees would be sworn in by the Governor at the State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta on a date to be announced.
It would be recalled that one of the early decisions of Prince Dapo Abiodun’s Administration on assumption of office was to clear the backlog of promotions of over 10 000 teaching and non-teaching staff.
The primary aim of the promotion of the new appointees to Principals-General and Headmasters-General is to encourage school teachers and enhance the standard of education at the grassroots.
The State Government deliberately situated the offices of the Principals-General and Headmasters-General at the zonal levels for them to be able to see to the educational needs of those at the grassroots.
Governor Abiodun urges the newly promoted staff to ensure that their appointments translate to immediate positive results, by seeing to how they can assist government in improving education at the basic levels.
The appointments are in line with the positive transformation we are carrying out in our schools. We want to take the basic education system in our schools to an enviable height, and we also want to encourage our teachers at the basic level for them to know that they can rise to the highest level of their careers as teachers under the employment of the State Government.
*Kunle Somorin is Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun