Olowogboyega of Ijeshatedo school emerges Best Principal
By Damilola Kushimo
The Principal of Ijeshatedo Senior Grammar School, Mrs. Olayemi Adeola Olowogboyega who emerged as the best principal in District VI has attributed her success to hard work and diligence.
She came first in the best principal category (senior school) after a thorough assessment of the performances of the selected principals across the district.
Olowogboyega beat Mrs. Folake Omosule and Miss Monisola Ogunmefun of Metropolitan Senior College and Community Senior Secondary School who came second and third respectively during the 14th edition of the district’s annual ceremony organised in Ikeja Senior Grammar School.
Speaking with ECHONEWS on her recent feat, the principal explained that she never expected the award, saying she was only inspired by the intention to be diligent and upright in the discharge of her duty while trying to bring out the best in the teachers in her school.
The programme which was tagged ‘Recognising Outstanding Performance’ would have ordinarily been held last year but was hindered by the ravaging pandemic.
Olowogboyega dedicated the award to Almighty God and appreciated the district and the award committee for being unbiased.
Her words: “I never thought that what I was doing, which was the needful, could be recognised without having to lobby or whatever. With my winning it, I know it’s just God and in recognition of hard work without any bias. In Lagos, there’s a saying that the reward of hard work is more work. I know, so I don’t intend to relent because I wasn’t doing what I was doing to get any award initially. So I can’t do less because I cannot afford to disappoint God and those who look up to me.
She promised to put more effort in imparting knowledge and encouraging her teachers, “There are many areas I can still improve on. I have someone that I look up to and that is the principal who won the best principal award consecutively for two years, Mr. Safiyu. He won the best principal (Junior category) for 2018 and 2019. So, it is possible to keep winning it as long as you keep delivering. The award is not meant for compensation, as long as you consistently give your best you will be awarded. I intend to do more and be better.
She urged teachers to show more
“My own teachers have been made to understand better that doing the needful has rewards. I urge them to be diligent and to always do the right thing. My advice to them is that they should keep doing over and above the call of duty. They should keep developing themselves, they should teach the children as if they are their biological children.”
It was gathered that students, teachers, vice principals and Non-teaching staff were also awarded for their outstanding performance as determined by the strict evaluations.