Last week, the All Progressives Congress (APC), eventually unveiled the female running mate to its governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. She a former university don, an academic of repute and current Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
Her name is Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, who was born in Lagos on November 27, 1970, to the family of Idowu-Esho of Ojo Alaworo in Ojo Local Government Area of the State.
She began her early education at Awori College, Ojo. Thereafter, she proceeded on admission to the Lagos State University, Ojo, for a course that led to the award of Bachelor of Art in Education (B.A. Ed) degree in Islamic Studies in 1992. She was back at the same institution for a master’s degree (M.Ed) in curriculum studies and passed out successfully in 1997. Much later, she had a certificate in early childhood development curriculum and school administration and assessment from the Nigeria Institute of International Education Association in 2006. Still thirsting for knowledge, she enrolled and completed her doctorate degree (PhD) in curriculum studies in 2012, once again, at the Lagos State University.
Dr Adebule began her working career as an academic at Lagos State College of Primary Education (LACOPED), Noforija, Epe as a lecturer in the department of Religious Studies and later transferred her service to the Lagos State University as a lecturer in the department of curriculum studies and later language Arts and social studies in the faculty of Education.
While in the university, she served as member of various university committees which included, “committee on establishment of LASU International Secondary School”, “LASU staff school monitoring committee”, member, Association of Learners, and was the co-ordinator, LASU Sandwich Degree Programme, Osun State College of Education, Ilesha Campus.
Her political experience and sojourn began when she was appointed as a commissioner 1 in the Lagos State Post Primary Teaching Service Commission (PP-TESCOM), now Teachers’ Establishment and Pensions Office, by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu from October 2000 to February 2005 and later as board member of the Lagos State Scholarship Board from February 2005 to November 2005.
Dr. Adebule was appointed and sworn in as the Secretary to the State Government by the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) in July, 2011.
A consummate writer, Dr Adebule, has several local, national and international publications to her credit. These include, “Reading The Objective Of Universal Basic Education in Nigeria”, “The Imperative of Religion and peace in the Quest for Sustainable Development in Nigeria: The Plateau State Experience”, “The Effective Use of Educational Technology for Religious Teaching: Learning amongst Secondary Schools in Lagos State, Nigeria” to mention a few.
A wife, a mother, a mentor, a believer in the development of future leaders and a politician of repute, Dr Adebule’s interests include reading, travelling and community service.