Dowen College Founder, Board Members Step Down, As School Awaits Govt’s Order To Reopen

Dowen College Founder, Board Members Step Down, As School Awaits Govt's Order To Reopen

Dr. Olumide Phillips, the founder of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos and other members of the Governing Board of the school have stepped down.

Dr. Phillips served as the Chairman of the board before his retirement contained in a statement by one Tomi Borisade on behalf of the school in Lagos on Thursday.

The statement read: “The founding members of the Board of Governors including the Founder and Chairman of the Board, Dr. O. Olumide Phillips, who have worked tirelessly over the years to develop outstanding children both in and out of the school, have chosen to retire and pass the baton of change to a new generation of seasoned professionals who will run with the vision, leadership passion, commitment and values they have worked rigorously to establish.

“This will also enhance communication and effectiveness with the Parents Teachers Forum. Their good works cannot be allowed to go in vain and they are keen to ensure that”

Speaking on the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, a student of the school in November, 2021, the statement said: “May God grant the Oromoni family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. We pray we will never experience such an unfortunate incident in our community again. Sylvester’s demise has left all of us at Dowen College deeply saddened.

“Our students, staff, and community have been affected by the news surrounding his passing and we find ourselves navigating unchartered waters.”

According to the statement, the school is working with the Lagos State Ministry of Education and taken on board their guidance and suggestions with regard to various areas of improvement, promising to implement infrastructural changes to the hostels and school facilities to enhance safety and oversight within the school premises.

The management of the college however said it is eagerly awaiting the directive to reopen from the Lagos State government.

It would be recalled that the school was shut down last December following the protests and outcry that greeted the death of Oromoni.

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