A primary school teacher, Mrs. Risikat Adenekan, who emerged as the Best Teacher in Sub-Saharan Africa, has been rewarded with a new house by the Ogun State Government.
The primary school teacher, who until her award winning feat was a teacher at the Baptist Primary School, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, came first at the Pivotal Programme for Teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa, organised by the Open University, United Kingdom.
Adenekan, who was honoured at a ceremony on February 19 this year, at the Buckingham Palace by the Queen of England, was accompanied to the UK by officials of the state and the Abeokuta South Local Government.
Receiving the teacher during the State Executive Council meeting in Abeokuta on Wednesday, the State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, expressed satisfaction that Adenekan had made the state proud by clinching the award.
Daniel said the state had decided to reward the teacher with a house in one of the government’s estates in the state capital.
He directed the Commissioner for Housing, Mrs. Jokotade Odebunmi, to make necessary arrangements to provide a befitting house at the Laderin Workers Estate for Adenekan.
The governor believed the reward would boost the morale of the teachers in the state while it would engender the spirit of healthy competition among the teachers.
Daniel also reiterated the commitment of the state government to rewarding excellence.
Adenekan, who has been promoted as head teacher of Community Primary School, Oke Lantoro, Abeokuta, presented a report of her UK trip to Daniel and his cabinet members, expressing appreciation for the opportunity she had been given and the commitment of the state to teachers’ welfare.
The Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Sina Adejobi, lauded the reward by the state government, describing it as a worthy incentive.
“I feel elated and thank God for making us proud. Except we get the encouragement and funds to perform, we can never win this award. The state has done so much in the education sector and this award is one of the dividends of our efforts,” he added.