The gathering of 1st March 2018 at Dolphin College hall, Ebute Elefun, Lagos Island was an occasion for the orientation and seminar for all parents and Lagos Island school authorities to meet, discuss and chart the way forward for their children and ward.
As it is, Lagos Island is surrounded by water, ironically most of her schools and colleges as noted by Mr. Philips Babatunde, a Senior Principal in his speech, are surrounded by businesses and markets.
This scenario has impacted negatively on some of the students, which make them get involved in violence, crime and cultism. The meeting, the first of its kind in Lagos State, and a first one in Education District 111, had in attendance Honourable Sola Giwa of Lagos State House of Assembly, Principals, officials of Education District 111, community heads, parents, while the Area Commander of Lion Building, Mr. Mohammed Danladi.
The Parents’ Forum Chairman, Alhaji Shafiu Olatunji Giwa, in his welcome address to the congregation said the Forum’s first executive committee was elected in August 2017, and that so far, they had embarked on goal settings based on the challenges identified using teamwork approach for strategic implementation.
Honourable Sola Giwa at the occasion, made a brief speech, in which he appreciated the organisers, the parents, heads of schools and everyone present. He praised the effort of the state’s governor, His Excellency Akinwumni Ambode saying that the governor is doing great in promoting education in the state. Also, that education is top on his priority list.
During the session, Mr. Philips Albert Babatunde, Director/Principal Boys Senior Academy presented a paper he titled: Causes of Indiscipline Among Students In Secondary Schools and Social Environment.
The Senior Principal through the speech called on the government to improve on social infrastructure which will allow for businesses to thrive thereby reducing unemployment among the teeming youths.
Concluding, Alhaji S. O. Giwa explained that the aim and target of Lagos Island Parents’ Forum is to produce and present learners that are: (1) well cultured with good manners to fit into academic and social life, (2) Humble with good sense and positive orientation, and (3) Academically prepared learners to excel in their studies.
To achieve these, the Chairman solicited assistance from all to enable the Parents’ Forum, the first of its kind in the state, establish a standard secretariat.