New Radio Drama Series

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.

S/N Radio Station Frequency Day Time
1. Adaba Fm Akure 88.9 Fm Tuesday 11:45 – 12noon
2. Inspiration Fm Ibadan 100.5 Fm Tuesday 12:15 – 12:30pm
3. Voice Fm Ado-Ekiti 89.9 Fm Tuesday 12:15 – 12:30pm
4. OSBC Osogbo 104.5 Fm Tuesday 2:45 – 3:00pm
5. OGBC 2 Abeokuta 90.5 Fm Tuesday 4:15 – 4:30pm

State Executive Committees of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments

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)   Ogun State Executive Committee:

(i)        Alhaji I. A. Onifade              –           Chairman

(ii)       Chief I. O. Ogundele            –           Vice Chairman

(ii)       Mr. O. A. Rodoye                 –           General Secretary

(iv)      Mrs A. O Babalola               –           Treasurer

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Courtesy Visit to the Governor of Ogun State


The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun welcoming delegates of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria

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 Lagos State Coordinator of the Initiative, Mr. Ademola Alagbe delivering his speech

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,

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Student Sponsorship: A Demonstration of One of the Initiative’s Cardinals Objectives

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.

Teachers’ Day Celebrations

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.

Send Forth Ceremonies

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.

L-R: EIfDW Officer, Moradeke Kuye; the retiree being celebrated, Mrs. Yetunde Olajide and her husband

Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments: South West Town Hall Meeting

As part of the programmes to publicise the Maiden Town Hall Meeting for the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, a trustee and also the Head of Service Ogun State was interviewed on Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation OGBC 2 and Ogun State Television on Monday 10th July, 2017 when he took time to present the vision and objectives of the Campaign.

The South West Town Hall Meeting/Maiden Official Launch of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments was convened by Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria on Tuesday, 11th July 2017 at the DLK Events Centre, Abiola Way, Abeokuta. There was an impressive turn-out of stakeholders from various interest groups like: Association of Primary School Head teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Nigeria Automobile Technician Association (NATA), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Amalgamated Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN), Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders and Owners Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Community Development Associations (CDAs), Association of Market Men and Women, Youth groups like Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, Boys Scout, Red Cross, School Sport Federation among others.

His Excellency, the Governor of Ogun State was ably represented by the Commissioner of Development and Cooperatives, Mr. Gbenga Adenmosun. Mr. Segun Oyeleye the acting DG of DAWN Commission presented a paper titled “A History of Mass Education in Western Nigeria. Mr. Abayomi Sobande the Ogun State Head of Service who is also a trustee of the NGO presented a paper titled “Sharing the Vision of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria”. The paper explained that the vision has 3 key areas:

  • Fundamental Assumption of Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria.
  • Reality on Ground
  • Campaign Features and Structures

For entertainment, Pa Olatunbosun Oladapo, the reknown akewi of Yorubaland recited sensational ‘ewi’ to further emphasize the theme of the Campaign while drama and traditional songs, were directed by Mr. Kola Obadimu Jnr. A communique which was later published in The Punch Newspaper on Thursday, 13th July 2017 was issued at the end of the event. The meeting was covered and reported by Nigerian Newspapers such as The Punch Newspaper, New Telegraph, Saturday Tribune, The Nation among others, and Televisions Stations like Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Abeokuta, Ogun State Television (OGTV).

Click the link below to see pictures from the Town Hall Meeting