By Basheer Luqman Olarewaju
The proverbial, “where there is no vision, the people perish”, is adequate to explain the soundness of vision, clarity of purpose and proactiveness in being up and doing by the Honourable Commissioner of Education and Human Capital Development, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, over the last one month she assumed office for the second stint in Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led-administration.
Her first official public engagement was to attend Kwara Education Future Summit, themed ‘securing and investing in the next generation’. It communicated the idea of education as a major key to building the future of our state. The summit birthed the opportunity to reflect on the past, present, and future of education. As a people, we cannot have a future, without looking at the past, and present state of education. It sought a future where a child of nobody can be somebody, through the investments made, and deliberate actionable interventions to secure continuous growth in education, and by extension, growth in children and adulthood, who are Kwara’s future.
Bill Taylor, from article “Do You Pass the Leadership Test?”, is very right in his words, “the true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional strategy, a unique development roadmap, and a selfless policy that allows team members to share the glory — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.” One would assume Bill speaks of Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu.
In today’s Kwara; the pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, but the leader, like Hajiya Sa’adatu, adjusts the sails. The development of education sector is sacrosanct and as a Commissioner, she has identified with the drivers of the transformation agenda and also with the critical stakeholders. She is willing to leave indelible marks as the education Commissioner, and as such, she began by having dialogue sessions with the staff members on Levels 8 and 9; 10, 12, and13; 14, 15, 16 and 17 and top management officers of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development which availed all and sundry, across all grades, to highlight areas of concern, proffering workable solutions and in essence, showing readiness to drive the Kwara Education Transformation Agenda to higher pedestal. The contentment shown in the faces of the staff!
Having known that, in an age where everything and everyone is linked through networks of glass and air, no one – no business, organization, government agency, country – is an island. She enjoined the need to do right by all stakeholders, and how to create value for shareholders. Because one thing is for sure – no institution can succeed in a world that is failing.
She has re-established formidable synergy, that would strengthen the School Based Monitoring Committee (SBMC); Students-Teachers welfarism, with the Kwara State Universal Education Board (KWSUBEB), Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM); National Orientation Agency (NOA); All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS); Association of Primary Schools Head Teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON); National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS); amongst others.
I pray for wisdom in making good decisions according to God’s leading. I pray that your decisions and influence have a positive impact on our state.