A public school teacher and principal of Community Junior Secondary School, Ikorodu, Lagos State, identified as Agnes Elusakin, is one of the teachers and principals that has been awarded and honoured with the Nigeria’s National Productivity Order of Merit Award 2022.
The organisers of the award mention that the aim and purpose for this award was to reward the hard work, dedication innovation and also to stimulate and promotes productivity among education caregivers.
Agnes Elusakin was given the award because of her hard work resilience and total commitment towards the school administration and also the education of students in the school.
The award ceremony was held at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja and was presented to her by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 19th national productivity day (NPD).
Also in the year 2021, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu awarded Mrs Elusakin and another teacher, Pius Ikuseyidunmi with two and three-bedroom apartments respectively, for emerging as the outstanding teacher and best school administrator, respectively in Nigeria in the year 2021.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, commended Mrs Elusakin saying that she has made the state very proud by setting a good standard at the national level.
She said the governor rewarded teachers and school administrators across various categories with 13 cars in 2021.
She also stated that the administration will not relent in its commitment toward the provision of quality education as well as regular training, capacity building, and welfare of teachers so that they can be equipped with the requisite skills for optimal performance in line with international best practices.
She described Mrs Elusakin as:
“a committed, resilient, and dedicated teacher
whose significant contributions to the success of students under her tutelage remain indelible.”
She also commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for
“having teachers at his heart and providing them with an enabling environment to be the best.”
Speaking further, the Mrs Folashade Adefisayo attributed the feat to the education transformation agenda of Mr Sanwo-Olu, which she noted has been
“backed with massive investment in capacity building and welfare of teachers in the state”.
“The governor’s intervention has empowered teachers in the state with consequent enhancement of quality education delivery to the students,” she said.
According to the her, the performance of the state’s students at the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which she gave a seventy nine per cent (79%) pass rate
“is an indication that the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu can be adjudged successful in raising the standard of education in the state.’’
Once again, she commended Mrs Elusakin and several other teachers in her category for their exceptional, dedication, diligence, and for contributing their quota to improving the standard of education in the state.
In a statement issued by the ministry and signed by the assistant director, public affairs unit, Ganiu Lawal, the awardee thanked the Nigerian government for recognising her contributions and recommending her for the national award.