Since the operations of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria is limited to Western Nigeria for now, the NGO has appointed contact persons in each of the South West States to coordinate its affairs. The National secretariat is situated 16,Seidu Balogun Street, Housing Estate, Ibara, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The State Officers are:
Ogun State – Dorcas – 0806 221 4614, Dara – 0706 166 1684
The Diaspora Tour Programme of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments is being conceived to motivate and expose both Staff and Students to overseas experience. The Tour in whatever form – Study or Vacation – will certainly motivate participating staff and provide life – changing inspiration for students. Old Students’ Association of schools not less than 40 years of establishment across the western states of Nigeria have been invited to participate in this programme. The overseas chapter of these Alumni associations are expected to be of tremendous help in realizing this dream.
Interested Alumni associations are expected to notify the NGO secretariat before 5th October 2017 – Teachers’ Day, so that it will be announced during the Teachers’ Day Celebration.
In the bid to continuously disseminate information and sensitize the public on the campaign, Kola Obadimu Jnr’s Playhouse was commissioned to produce a 15-minute Yoruba Radio Drama Series in different Yoruba dialects titled “Ba M Dasi i, Oro Eko”. Currently, the first quarter of the radio drama which comprises thirteen (13) episodes is being aired on 5 radio stations across the South West States.
Consequent on the Town Hall Meeting, State Executive Committees were constituted to run for a year after which an election will be held. The elected Executive Committees will hold office for 2 years in line with our constitution.
A courtesy call was made to the Governor of Ogun State Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON FCA at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta on the 26th day of April, 2017. On behalf of the EIFDW Trustees, a speech was delivered by Mr. Ademola Alagbe which stated the reason for the courtesy visit to His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON FCA.
The main objective of the visit was to formally introduce the NGO to the Governor being an initiative that is in line with the vision of the Governor as regards the development of education in Ogun State as well as appeal to the Government to join the crusade with every machinery at its disposal – CDAs, Traditional Institutions,
A trustee of EIFDW, Mr Abayomi Sobande saw a boy picking firewood while driving along MKO Abiola Stadium road, Abeokuta. This aroused his attention because he saw that a boy of his age should be in school. He stopped to have a chat with him and the boy told him he was picking the firewood for sale so as to raise some money for his school levy. He got the boy’s name to be Azeez Adeosun, a JSS 1 student of Lisabi Grammar School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Mr. Abayomi then sent officers of EIFDW to the school to make enquiries as regards the boy’s academic performance, his parents, etc. Since then, EIFDW has taken up the responsibility of paying his school levy and a token for his meal daily.
A wonderful example EIFDW is hoping many people will emulate.
Educational Initiative for Development continues to support the Teachers’ Day Celebrations which holds on 5th October each year. During the 2016 Teachers’ Day Celebrations, jingles in different languages: Yoruba, English and Pidgin were aired on Radio Stations across the six Western States urging everyone to “Do Something” for their Alma Mater and their teachers.
One of the trustees of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria Mr. Abayomi Sobande was in search of his father’s friend, also a teacher, Mr. Idowu who took him to his school, early in his life. In other to appreciate his effort and love bestowed on him, he was in St. James’s (Anglican) Primary School Iperu, Remo, Ogun State in May, 2016 to search for him but could not locate him. In his bid to appreciate him, he presented cheques to two teachers of the school on behalf of the NGO on their retirement service.
The first ceremony was held on Monday 25th July, 2016 in honour of Mrs. Grace Kikelomo Ogunjobi for her dedication and selfless service. The ceremony was organised by her colleagues and well-wishers of Saint James Primary School, Iperu Remo in Ogun State, where she last served as Head Teacher for a year. The event was attended by two officers of EIFDW: Moradeke Kuye and Smith Oluyomi.
The Second ceremony was held on the 13th day of December, 2016 in honour of Mrs Yetunde Olajide for her meritorious service. The ceremony was organised by her colleagues in Saint James Primary School, Iperu Remo in Ogun State, which is the school where she last served. The event was attended by two officers of EIfDW: Moradeke Kuye and Daniel Oluwadarasimi.