Several persons have benefited from the Lagos State education sector's projects aimed at improving the standard of education in the state.

From graduates to undergraduates and then parents, they have all felt the impact of what the Lagos State government has to offer.

The sector has been on consistent improvement stride, jerking up from 37% pass in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to 66% in 2016.

All the government strides now have a face - the Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh – and he has been honoured with the "Education Man of the Year" award.

He was honoured with the award at a ceremony organised by Arch Lights Foundation Education Awards.

Mr Bank-Olemoh, is a seasoned educationist, that has made remarkable impact in Lagos education sector, with significant improvement in the educational standard in the state.

His selection was based on some indices drawn from the education sector.


Championing the Lagos State government’s plan in the education sector, Mr Bank has made it possible for parents to benefit from the programmes through “Parenting in the 21st Century’’, a project aimed at equipping parents as well as guardians with the right knowledge sufficient for effective parenting.

A programme for students of universities in their final year and those in 300 level had also seen more than 10 students trained for different job opportunities, as a way of preparing them for the labour market.

The award ceremony which held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos; also honoured some other individuals.

Also, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, the Lagos State first Director-General on Education Quality, got “Education Woman of the Year’’ award for pioneering the review of the evaluation schedule to enhance “Assurance Evaluation Practise’’ in Lagos State.

Mrs Amaka Ndukwe, also a seasoned educator and education consultant at Chrysanthemum Home School, was conferred with the “Gifted Teacher of the Year’’.

Master Jonathan Onwude, the first Nigerian to move the country to the next round of the World Robot Olympiad in India was conferred with the “Most Promising Nigerian Child in Robotics Education’’ award.

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The organiser of the award, Light Foundation, seeks to set up a framework aimed at developing and improving education in Africa, with a focus on refining, equipping and transforming schools, educators, parents and children with low and middle-income schools.

Arc Light Foundation are the exclusive partners of LEGO in Nigeria and LEGO Education in West Africa, and are the organisers of the World Robots Olympiad in Nigeria, an annual event for secondary schools.