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by LASUBEB Publicity unit | August 7th 2021

The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board in partnership with Artswax Communications launched EKO POEMS: An anthology of Nursery Rhymes on Thursday, 5th August, 2021. Recall that Eko poems was flagged off at the maiden edition of Primary Schools Poetry Festival last year January. Over 300 hundred pupils of the state primary schools participated in the poetry competition at the end of which 63 finalist poems were selected and documented into a book for future reference after the preliminaries.

During the book launch which took place at LASUBEB multipurpose hall, Maryland Ikeja, the Executive Chairman LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King disclosed that the book comprises the collections of best selected poems written by the pupils of public primary schools. He stated that the theme “My Lagos, The Today, The Tomorrow” has created a platform for pupils to express themselves through writing. He added that it is part of the State’s effort in fostering creative thinking among pupils.

He noted that the era of nursery rhymes that depicts foreign distinctions is gradually facing out, stating that the initiative has challenged the children to reflect on the society with it values and character of people around them .

“I am elated at the final outcome, which undoubtedly opens up the minds of our young ones to literary expressions” he said.

Alawiye-King commended the Board’s partners on EKO poems for their immense contributions towards the success of the project. He equally congratulated the outstanding young poets of public primary schools in the state for making the historic event possible and also encouraged them to continue to express themselves with their pens.

The initiator of Eko Poems and Director of Artswax communications, Ola Awakan revealed that the emotional outburst of the innocent young minds is exemplified in the book. He thereafter called for corporate social responsibility in achieving the first Eko Nursery Rhymes App.

The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board on Thursday, 2nd December 2021, celebrated retired Public Primary School Teachers at LASUBEB multi-purpose hall, Maryland, Ikeja. At the event which had in attendance various education stakeholders, the Executive Chairman, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King disclosed that the maiden celebration of teachers' last day in office is to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of outgoing educators in the growth and development of our future leaders and the state in general. While celebrating them, he extolled their efforts in promoting basic education in the state during their period in service. He commended the teachers for the resilience, support, and care exhibited during the unusual situation that the pandemic foisted on education. He thereafter charged educators in service not to rest on their oars, but to continue to work efficiently and effectively, to adequately harness the state's investment in the education sector. Alawiye-King appreciated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving the event and seeing to the welfare of all teaching and non-teaching staff in the state. He assured that the occasion will be commemorated annually. Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde, a recently retired Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishments, Training, and Pensions urged the retirees to take charge of their finances, noting that they should focus on their needs and not wants. She also advised them to pay more attention to their health and live a restful spiritual life. The Board presented a gift to the immediate past NUT Chairman, Comrade Adedoyin Adeshina, and other retirees.

The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board on 1st December 2021, celebrated Counselors in Public Primary Schools in the state at the annual Guidance and Counselors award/end of year party ceremony. The event took place at Agidingbi Primary School, Agidingbi, Ikeja. The event, aimed at rewarding hardwork, had in attendance Members of the Board, Education Secretaries, Nigeria Legion Corps and other education stakeholders The Executive Chairman of the Board, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, while delivering his opening remarks, appreciated the burden bearers for providing succor to the pupils in overcoming emotional, academic and social challenges faced in and outside the four walls of learning. The SUBEB Chair, ably represented by Mrs. Adedoyin Sherifat, Board Member, stated that their contribution in the education sector has not only improved learning among pupils but also supported them in regaining their confidence and self-esteem. She noted that their advocacy against molestation and support for children's rights in schools is greatly helping children stay safe and sane in their learning environment. Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, retired permanent secretary, implored the confidants not to rest on their oars but continue to put in their best in discharging their duties. Cultural activities were displayed by the pupils and awards were presented to outstanding officers.

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