By Josephine Agbonkhese
Led by the wife of the state governor, Dame Emmanuel Abimbola Fashola, members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Senior Officials, COWLSO, yesterday, trouped to Ikorodu area of Lagos where they commissioned two buildings in two primary schools. The first port-of-call was the Owode Primary School where a fully-equipped ICT centre built by the committee stood gallantly, while the second was the Muslim Primary School where a massive block of six classrooms, also built by the committee, stood.
Speaking at the event, the First Lady who doubles as Chairman of COWLSO, said the completion of the projects brought to about 40 the number of schools catered for by COWLSO in the last eight years, aside other projects executed. “The completion of this project brings to three the number of schools that have been provided with block of classrooms by COWLSO. The other schools are: Ebule Egba Primary School and Hope Primary School, Ikoyi. This is in addition to the 22 public primary schools including six Model colleges that have had their toilets renovated among others.
“Also, renovation work is on-going at Ijomu Muslim Primary School here in Ikorodu. All of these, and more, are the modest achievements we have recorded in the education sector apart from other areas where we have impacted lives,” Dame Fashola said. She emphasised that the construction of the block of six classrooms, well furnished and provided with six toilets, water, electricity and administrative rooms, as well as the fully-equipped air-conditioned ICT centre, were in fulfilment of COWLSO’s resolve to independently support government effort in providing a conducive learning environment.
The ICT centre, she added, would help children learn basic computer skills in line with global and modern trends, as she commended the efforts of the Chairman, Building Committee, COWLSO, Mrs Azeezat Tijani, as well as Mrs Rhoda Ayinde, Chairman, COWLSO National Women Conference. Mrs Fashola also commended the efforts of corporate bodies and organisations that had, under her leadership, made the diverse missions of COLWSO possible through generous donations during the last eight years of the committee’s annual National Women Conference.
Chairman of the State Universal Education Board, SUBEB, Mrs Bolanle Daodu, expressed gratitude over the committee’s generosity towards schools in the state as she regretted that Dame Fashola’s leadership of COWLSO was coming to an end on May 29, 2015, when her husband, Governor Babatunde Fashola, would be handing over. “Children in Lagos State are going to miss you dearly,” Daodu said regretfully.
Head Teachers, Owode Primary School, Ebelefun, and Muslim Primary School respectively, Mrs Abiola Adeogo and Mrs A.T Shokoya, both hailed COWLSO for extending its Touching Lives project, a project initiated by Dame Fashola, to their respective schools. The event was attended by the Executive Secretary, Ikorodu Central LGA, Hon.Adesina Wasiu Ayodeji; and Directors of SUBEB amongst others.