Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule: Trailblazing Leadership in Nigerian Politics

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Born on November 27, 1970, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule has etched her name as a pioneering leader in Nigerian politics, celebrated for her distinguished tenure as the Senator representing Lagos West since 2023. Prior to her current role, she made history as the 15th Deputy Governor of Lagos State from 2015 to 2019, becoming the sixth woman to hold that esteemed office.

Hailing from the prestigious Idowu-Esho family of Ojo Alaworo in Lagos State’s Ojo local government area, Dr. Adebule’s educational journey underscores her unwavering commitment to excellence. Her academic pursuits began at Awori College, Ojo, and continued with a degree in Islamic Education from Lagos State University, where she graduated in 1992. She furthered her education with a master’s degree in curriculum studies, culminating in a Doctorate in the same field from Lagos State University in 2012.

Dr. Adebule’s professional career began as a Junior Lecturer at Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe, where she made invaluable contributions to the Department of Religious Studies. She later transitioned to Lagos State University’s Department of Curricular Activities, playing a pivotal role in reshaping the state’s educational landscape, notably through her involvement in reviewing the Lagos State Education Policy Document.

Her illustrious political journey includes several notable appointments. She served as Commissioner 1 in the Lagos State Post Primary Teaching Service Commission (PP-TESCOM) during President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s tenure as Lagos State Governor. She was also a board member of the Lagos State Scholarship Board and ascended to the esteemed position of Secretary to the State Government under former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). Dr. Adebule’s exemplary leadership was further solidified with her historic swearing-in as Lagos State Deputy Governor on May 29, 2015.

As the Senator for Lagos West, Dr. Adebule continues to champion the causes of her constituents with unwavering dedication. She embodies visionary leadership and serves as a steadfast advocate for educational reform and socio-economic progress. Her legacy as a pioneer and a beacon of inspiration in Nigerian politics is indelibly etched in the annals of history.

Dr. Adebule is also a prolific writer and educationist. She 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. She later transferred her service to Lagos State University as a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies and subsequently in the Department of Language Arts and Social Studies in the Faculty of Education. During her tenure at the university, she served on various committees, including the committee on the establishment of LASU International Secondary School, the LASU Staff School Monitoring Committee, and was the coordinator of the LASU Sandwich Degree Programme at Osun State College of Education, Ilesha Campus.

Dr. Adebule’s appointment as the Secretary to the State Government by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) in July 2011 marked a significant milestone in her career. 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,” and “The Effective Use of Educational Technology for Religious Teaching: Learning Amongst Secondary Schools in Lagos State, Nigeria,” among others.

Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule’s transition from the academic realm to a position of high political authority exemplifies her unwavering commitment to public service and the advancement of education. Her impactful contributions serve as a source of inspiration, laying a solid foundation for upcoming generations of leaders in Nigeria.

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