Prioritize Teachers’ Welfare, Ambode Tells New TESCOM Board Members

Prioritize Teachers’ Welfare, Ambode Tells New TESCOM Board Members

…Swears-In Perm Sec/Auditor General For Local Government

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday inaugurated chairman and board members of the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), with a charge on the appointees to give top considerations to teachers’ welfare and ensure employment of only well qualified professionals to teach in public secondary schools in the State.

 

Speaking at a twin event which also witnessed the swearing-in of Mrs. Adesumbo Abolarin as Permanent Secretary/Auditor General for Local Government, held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said it was important for the public officers to justify their appointment by working ultimately in the interest of the people.

 

He said the passage and signing of the Teaching Service Commission Bill was a great moment for the education family in the State coming after eight years of several attempts, adding that the development became imperative as a result of the unrelenting efforts of the State Government to strengthen the education sector.

 

“With the knowledge that education plays a very vital role in the development of our society and that a society cannot thrive above the level of its educational attainment, the passage and signing of this Law was very essential.

 

“Today, in fulfillment of the provision of that law, we have just witnessed the inauguration of the Board whose responsibility will be to ensure that the objectives of the law are achieved.

 

“For avoidance of doubts, let me state that one of the major aims of this law, which shall be a key responsibility of this Board, is to ensure improvement in the welfare of our teachers and also ensure that well qualified teachers are recruited into our public secondary schools,” Governor Ambode said.

 

He said it was particularly instructive that seasoned educationists and administrators had been carefully selected based on their track records for appointment into the TESCOM board, expressing optimism that the State would witness rapid improvement in the education sector, particularly at the secondary level.

 

“You will agree with me that if we are to achieve the kind standard we desire in our educational system and also lay a good foundation for the future development of our State in terms of quality manpower, we must give adequate attention to maintaining highly motivated and effective teaching personnel.

 

“I, therefore, charge the Chairman and members of this Board to study very carefully the provisions of the law in order to fully understand their role and responsibilities expected of them. I also enjoin you all, to ensure that due process is followed in all matters that would be brought to your attention and for your decision.

 

“You should be unbiased in the discharge of your responsibilities as a board. We have done a lot in the provision of educational infrastructure in our public schools; all of these infrastructural facilities will amount to a waste if not complemented with dedicated, well-motivated and committed teachers,” Governor Ambode admonished the appointees.

 

The Governor also appealed to teachers to cooperate with the Board to further ensure fair play in the discharge of their responsibilities.

 

While the Chairman of the Board is Mrs Olabisi Ariyo, others members are Mr. Jacob Ashaka, Mrs Sidikat Smith, Mr Adeleke Oluseun Kara and Mrs Adijat Kuburat Hassan.

 

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Ariyo thanked Governor Ambode for the confidence reposed in them, and assured that the board would work hard, be unbiased and prioritize the welfare of teachers, as well as train and retrain them for optimal performance.

 

 

 

Governor Ambode Inaugurates Ultra-Modern Lecture Theatre Donated To LASU

Governor Ambode Inaugurates Ultra-Modern Lecture Theatre Donated To LASU

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday assured that the Governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State for the 2019 general elections, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu will not abandon ongoing projects but rather complete and build on the enduring legacies already put in place by his administration.

 

Governor Ambode, who said this while inaugurating an ultra modern lecture theatre donated to the Lagos State University (LASU) by businessman and philanthropist, Mr Remi Makanjuola, said while efforts were on to complete all the major projects initiated by his administration, Sanwo-Olu would nonetheless complete those ones he is unable to deliver before the expiration of his tenure next year.

 

“I am so excited about the fact that Mr Sanwo-Olu has actually come out here and he has issued a promissory note and what that mean is that we are going to have a government of continuity.

 

“For whatever structures that we have in LASU right now, and I’m going to also convince our chief negotiator, Dr Wale Babalakin, we are already doing Senate building here, we are doing Students Arcade and we are also doing the Library, I hope I will be able to complete and finish them but if I am unable to complete them, I speak on behalf of Mr Sanwo-Olu that he will finish and also do the Staff School.

 

“We are not campaigning yet but truly that is the spirit of the kind of governance that we bring to Lagos; that is the spirit that we really want to see and then we should be able to show leadership in all spheres of life that we find ourselves,” Governor Ambode said.

 

Speaking on his administration’s intervention in the educational sector, he said in the last three and half years, at least N15billion has been invested in revamping infrastructure in schools across the State to ensure students can learn in a conducive environment, while 3,400 primary and secondary teachers were employed to improve the teacher to student ratio as well as quality of learning in schools.

 

The Governor said beyond the upgrade of infrastructure, the State Government developed innovative solutions to bridge gaps in education system, and to position Lagos State for a technology-driven future including the ReadySetWork and CodeLagos initiatives, noting that while 34,000 students have graduated from the former, the latter is geared towards teaching one million Lagos residents to code.

 

“At the grassroots level, faced with the realization that about 3 million Lagos residents could not read or write in any language, we commissioned Eko Nke Koo (Lagos Is Learning), an initiative aimed at raising the literacy rate in Lagos State from its current 87% to 95%.

 

“Through Eko Nke Koo, the Lagos State Agency for Mass Education increased the number of adult literacy centres across the State from 532 centres in 2016, to 782 as at January 2018.

 

“We have also recorded improvement in enrolment and retention rates of learners in the programme. In 2017, 98% of enrolled learners graduated from the programme,” Governor Ambode said.

 

He said in LASU, his administration had also carried out notable projects targeted at ensuring the institution remains academically competitive, financially viable, and most importantly, conducive for learning.

 

The Governor noted that last year, the State carried out major infrastructure development and road works to give the school a facelift befitting of its status as one of the top State Universities in the country, while it had also benefited from a significant increase in subvention to assist in ensuring smooth running of the school.

 

He disclosed that he had approved for the development of a 6,000 bed hostel which according to him, will increase accessibility and improve security for students in the institution, as the demand for higher education continues to grow.

 

“Reflecting on these investments, I must acknowledge it has been the privilege of this administration to build on the works of visionaries who came before us; and to be given the opportunity to raise the mark higher as we look ahead to a bright future for our State and Country,” Governor Ambode said.

 

The Governor also seized the occasion to commend the Makanjuola for donating the ultra-modern lecture hall to the institution, saying that the gesture would forever be remembered by generations.

 

“It has also been a true privilege and honour to work alongside collaborators – whether large scale organizations or well-meaning individuals in society – who recognize their role in State and Nation building, and have worked tirelessly to support the efforts of government.

 

“Today’s occasion is symbolic of this citizen-partnership. Indeed, Mr. Makanjuola has sown a seed that would outlive him by bequeathing this Ultra-Modern lecture Theatre to the University. Sir, this is a gesture that will be remembered for generations and for that we are eternally grateful. And in the same vein, on behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, and the entire Lagos State University community, I say a very happy birthday to you, Sir. In another 48 hours, our philanthropist will be 70 years old. Congratulations, Sir,” he said.

 

 

Governor Ambode Gives N10million Seed Fund To Best Three Ready Set Work Graduates

Governor Ambode Gives N10million Seed Fund To Best Three Ready Set Work Graduates

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday awarded N10million seed fund to the best three graduating students of the Ready.Set.Work (RSW) Initiative, saying that he was fulfilled that his administration was nurturing graduates that would contribute immensely to the development of the State and Nigeria in general.

20 year- old graduate of the Lagos State University (LASU), Miss Afolayan Vivian who emerged winner of the Pitch Competition got N5million, while Popoola Joshua and Miss Adeniyi Miriam finished in second and third position to take home N3million and N2million respectively, courtesy of the Governor.

The Ready.Set.Work initiative, a brain child of the present administration is an employability and entrepreneurship program aimed at preparing final year students in Lagos State for immediate entry into the work force as employees and employers of labour.

Speaking at the well attended 2018 Ready.Set.Work graduation ceremony held at the Landmark Event Centre, Governor Ambode who was visibly elated, said the enthusiasm of thousands of the graduants as well as testimonies of scores of facilitators and sponsors was a confirmation that his administration has placed a high premium on the future of Lagos and Nigeria in general.

“When I was graduating, I was just 21, but I had no direction. So after almost about 30 something years and I see youths so energetic and excited, I am happy to say that yes, I think I have made a difference. This is not about bridges, flyovers and hospitals, but I feel so excited that yes, I got this right and the future of this country is blessed.  The energy inside this hall tells me there is a different world here from what is happening out there,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the 5,000 graduates of the initiative have been well equipped for the world of work and rearing to make a difference.

Cross section of graduating students of Ready Set Work 3.0 during their graduation ceremony at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Cross section of graduating students of Ready Set Work 3.0 during their graduation ceremony at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

“By investing in people, we will secure the future prosperity of Lagos State and Nigeria. With programmes like Ready-Set-Work, Code Lagos and the Employment Trust Fund we are providing platforms that will nurture a society of problem solvers, change-makers, and value adding citizens helping to improve our economy. These innovative programmes must therefore, not be allowed to die,” the Governor said.

He said it was gratifying that the initiative which commenced three years ago with about 500 students, 52 volunteer facilitators, friends and partners has now reached over 37,000 students, over 700 volunteer facilitators and several sponsors who have keyed into the program.

According to the Governor, the initiative has now emerged as a major platform for the government to prepare graduates from tertiary institutions for the life ahead by equipping them with requisite skills and mindset to give value to the labour market.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); winner of the Pitch competition of Ready Set Work 3.0, Miss Vivian Afolayan (middle) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh (right) during the graduation ceremony of Ready Set Work 3.0 at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); winner of the Pitch competition of Ready Set Work 3.0, Miss Vivian Afolayan (middle) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh (right) during the graduation ceremony of Ready Set Work 3.0 at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to inform you that over the past three years, we have stayed true to this vision and scaled up our impact. I invite you to take a look across the auditorium today to see how that small spark in 2016 has become a roaring fire.

“From 500 Ready-Set-Work Scholars in 2016, we are celebrating today the impact of this program on the lives of over 37,000 students who have participated in the Ready-Set-Work program over the last three years, either through the RSW On-Campus Training or through the RSW Online Academy.

“We have taken it a step further by supporting top performing students by providing paid internship opportunities, as well as seed funding and incubation for viable business ideas. To date, over 1,200 RSW Scholars have benefited from internship placements, and another 2,000 Scholars from the 2018 graduating class will also be placed in internships,” Governor Ambode said.

He disclosed that the first place winners of the 2016 Ready-Set-Work Business Pitch Competition, who got seed funding and incubation support were already making impact in the society with the production of up to 10,000 liters of biogas daily within a community in Ikorodu, with zero carbon emission, while other graduates were adding value in top companies and countless small businesses across the State.

The Governor seized the occasion to thank the network of about 1,000 employers, who, over the years, have contributed to preparing RSW Scholars for the world of work, by providing internship opportunities in their organizations, noting that some have taken on the cost of paying their interns, with the State Government supporting small and medium size businesses by paying the stipends for their interns over a period of 3 – 6 months.

“In marking another successful edition of Ready-Set-Work, we cannot overemphasize the important role of our Volunteer Facilitators, the largest volunteer faculty in Nigeria. These selfless individuals gave up their Saturdays, traveled from far distances, committed to multiple hours of preparation, and made other sacrifices for 13 weeks to invest in our students.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); winner of the Pitch competition of Ready Set Work 3.0, Miss Vivian Afolayan (middle) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh (right) during the graduation ceremony of Ready Set Work 3.0 at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); winner of the Pitch competition of Ready Set Work 3.0, Miss Vivian Afolayan (middle) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh (right) during the graduation ceremony of Ready Set Work 3.0 at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

“I thank our corporate partners and sponsors again for their commitment, financial contributions, and technical support. We trust that we can count on you to continue investing in the future of Lagos State.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the graduants had gone through 13-weeks of intensive engagement and were mentally prepared to deploy their skills and emotional intelligence to the corporate world, saying that the future of Lagos was in excellent hands.

On his part, Vice Chancellor of LASU, Professor Lanre Fagbohun said the Ready.Set.Work program has bridged the gap between the quality of graduates being churned out from tertiary institutions and the requirement by employers of labour, urging the beneficiaries to utilise the opportunity and make a telling impact in the society.

Address Delivered At The Ready-Set-Work Graduation Event At The Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos

Address Delivered At The Ready-Set-Work Graduation Event At The Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos

It gives me great pleasure to stand here as we graduate the third batch of Ready-Set-Work Scholars. Congratulations to the Ready-Set-Work Class of 2018.

Three years ago, I stood on this same spot and looked across a room of about 500 Ready-Set-Work Scholars, 52 volunteer facilitators, friends and partners of Ready-Set-Work – many of whom are in the room today.

At the time, Ready-Set-Work was a newly-birthed idea, and a deliberate endeavour on the part of this administration to ensure that any student who graduated from a tertiary institution in our State possesses all the requisite skills, knowledge, tools, as well as the right mindset to contribute to theLabour Market; whether as a value-adding employee or a job creator.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to inform you that over the past three years, we have stayed true to this vision and scaled up our impact. I invite you to take a look across the auditorium today to see how that small spark in 2016 has become a roaring fire.

From 500 Ready-Set-Work Scholars in 2016, we are celebrating today the impact of this program on the lives of over 37,000 students who have participated in the Ready-Set-Work program over the last three years, either through the RSW On-Campus Training or through the RSW Online Academy.

We have taken it a step further by supporting top performing students by providing paid internship opportunities, as well as seed funding and incubation for viable business ideas. To date, over 1,200 RSW Scholars have benefited from internship placements, and another 2,000Scholars from the 2018 graduating class will also be placed in internships.

I am reliably informed that the first place winners of the 2016 Ready-Set-Work Business Pitch Competition are, with seed funding and incubation support, now on track to producing up to 10,000 liters of biogas daily within a community in Ikorodu, with zero carbon emission.

Other ReadySetWork graduates are adding value and making us proud as employee’s top companies and countless small businesses across the State.

We thank our network of over 1,000 employers who, through the years, have contributed to preparing RSW Scholars for the world of work, by providing internship opportunities in their organizations.

Some of our partner organizations have taken on the cost of paying their interns, but Lagos State has also had the privilege of supporting small and medium size businesses by paying the stipends for their interns over a period of 3 – 6 months.

In marking another successful edition of Ready-Set-Work, we cannot overemphasize the important role of our Volunteer Facilitators, the largest volunteer faculty in Nigeria. These selfless individuals gave up their Saturdays, traveled from far distances, committed to multiple hours of preparation, and made other sacrifices for 13 weeks to invest in our students.

RSW Faculty, we applaud you. You inspire us and exemplify the saying that all it takes to change the world is “a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.”

My remarks will not be complete without special thanks to heads of tertiary institutions for collaborating to ensure the success of this program. Our host institutions this year – Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic and the University of Lagos – all went the extra mile to provide adequate facilities for the duration of the program.

I thank our corporate partners and sponsors again for their commitment, financial contributions, and technical support. We trust that we can count onyou to continue investing in the future of Lagos State.

Ladies and gentlemen, as the world awakens to the realization that investment in human capital is critical to the success of any nation, we in Lagos are happy to celebrate today, three years of consistent investment in our people, as we present to you the Ready-Set-Work Class of 2018.

By investing in people, we will secure the future prosperity of Lagos State and Nigeria. Withprogrammes like Ready-Set-Work, Code Lagos and the Employment Trust Fund we are providing platforms that will nurture a society of problem solvers, change-makers, and value adding citizens helping to improve our economy.

These innovative programmes must therefore, not be allowed to die.

Finally, to the RSW 2018 Graduating Class, I say go out there and transform our nation. We are proud of you.

Thank you.

ItesiwajuipinleEko, lo je wa lo gun

Mrs. Ambode Canvasses Exclusive Breast-Feeding of Babies

Mrs. Ambode Canvasses Exclusive Breast-Feeding of Babies

Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode, has again reminded nursing mothers and pregnant women the importance of exclusive breast-feeding of newborn babies.

She disclosed this during a telephone interview on the occasion of this year’s World Breast-feeding Week, held in the first week of August every year.

Bolanle noted that the benefits of breast milk to the infant were too profound to be ignored, as it was an important foundation for a baby’s life, capable of determing whether the baby would live or otherwise.

She said putting a baby to the breast in the first hour of life was a major safeguard against infant’s death, adding that exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months, help them to grow, prevents under nutrition, promotes brain development while reducing the risk of overweight.

She said further that breast milk was vital because it acts as the baby’s first vaccine, boosting its immunity.

According to her, “Nothing can compare to the breast milk, no matter the nutritional value of the baby formula, it cannot adequately take the place of breast milk in the life of the new born”.

“God who created it in His own special way to be baby-friendly, has made it the most important and most beneficial type of food a baby gets to know. Nursing mothers should not make excuses of their jobs or career for not doing exclusive breastfeeding because the advantages to the baby are too many”, she submitted.

The governor’s wife commended the theme for this year: “Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life”, describing it as the basic truth about the practice.

She explained further that breastfeeding was good bonding between mother and infant, adding that improved breastfeeding practices around the world, could save the lives of nearly one million children under five years, according to international health bodies.