Barely a week after the remains of the late Ekiti State deputy governor Funmilayo Olayinka were buried, Governor Kayode Fayemi has forwarded the name of the Chairperson of the state’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Modupe Adelabu, to the House of Assembly for confirmation as the new deputy governor.
The development will put paid to intense jostling for the position among Action Congress of Nigeria stalwarts in the state particularly from Ado-Ekiti, the capital.
Jostling for the office had begun as some politicians in the state got wind of information that Olayinka was terminally ill.
A statement yesterday by Chief Press Secretary Yinka Oyebode said Fayemi, in a letter dated May 3rd, 2013 and addressed to the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, requested the House to consider Adelabu for the position of deputy governor in a bid to fill the vacant position.
The former deputy governor lost the battle with cancer on April 6, 2013 at a Lagos hospital at the age of 52.
Adelabu’s name had featured prominently in many permutations over the likely choice of the governor as new deputy.
A recent analysis by THISDAY narrowed the choice to Adelabu and the Provost of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Prof. Francesca Aladejana.
Adelabu was slated for deputy governor in the build-up to the governorship election in 2006 before the late Olayinka was eventually picked when Adelabu opted out for alleged personal reasons.
The deputy-governor designate is a Professor of Education from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile –Ife, Osun State.
She was Head of the Department of Education Administration and Planning of the institution before her appointment as Chairperson of Ekiti State SUBEB in July 2011.
She is also a princess from Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, which had produced the late Olayinka.
Adelabu was born on May 23, 1950 in Ado-Ekiti to Prince and Mrs. Samuel Adepoju Adejugbe.
She attended Christ School, Ado-Ekiti (1962 - 1967) and Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo (1968 -1970). She holds a B.A. (Ed) (1975); MPhil (1981); and PhD (1990), all from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile- Ife.
Adelabu started her teaching career as a Graduate Assistant in 1976 in the Department of Educational Administration and Planning, OAU, where she rose to the post of professor in 2008.
She served as Head of the Department of Educational Administration several times and also served as External Examiner in some universities including the University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin and Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.
She served as Council Member of National Teachers’ Institute (2001 - 2003); Council Member, Christ International Divinity College (an affiliate of Acadia University Canada) Erinmo (2005 - 2010); Member Planning and Implementation Committee Joseph Ayo Babalola University (2004 - 2005); Member of Council Joseph Ayo Babalola University (2005 - 2010).
Adelabu was also a foundation member of Board, Ekiti State World Bank Assisted
Poverty Reduction Agency (2000 - 2003) and Member of Oxford Round Table, Oxford England among other bodies.
She is a seasoned scholar and administrator of international repute and her major research area is on policy and personnel issues in education including the roles of the state in education, teacher education as well poverty and gender related issues in education, particularly in rural areas.
She has published over 30 articles in both national and international journals.
Adelabu has been involved in consultancy work for the World Bank, Universal Basic Education Commission in Nigeria, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and other international agencies.
She has also served as resource person for UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO on various educational issues. She was part of the 15-member Education Reform Panel that worked on Ekiti State government’s reforms in the education sector.