HON OLUFEMI AGAGU, THE PACESETTER OF DIGITAL EDUCATION IN NIGERIA.

Pastor Sunday Olufemi Agagu was born on 4th April, 1957 in Okitipupa, Ondo State. He graduated from University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria) in 1982, with a Second Class Upper Division. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Estate Management in 1987 from the same University. On graduation, he won the J.A. Oluwatudimu prize for the Best Graduating Student of his Department. Professionally, he is a Corporate Member of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV). After his NYSC in 1982, he started work at Oluwatudimu & Co, Ebute-Metta, Lagos in 1983 as an Estate Surveyor. He later joined the services of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife as a Lecturer in 1985. From 1989-2003 he worked in different establishments, including Union Bank, Lagos, Eko International Bank, Lagos, Fola Oyekan & Co, Lagos and Femi Agagu & Co, Lagos. In 2003, Pastor Femi Agagu was appointed as the Chief of Staff by Ondo State Government, the position he held till 2009. After his tenure as Chief of Staff, he went back to private practice at Femi Agagu & Co, as Principal Partner, where he held sway until his appointment as the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ondo State, in 2017.

DIGITILIZATION OF SCHOOLS PROCESSES IN ONDO STATE

In September, 2018, Hon Femi Agagu obtained the approval of His Excellency, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) to commence “MY SCHOOL UPDATE”, an online real time educational portal designed for secondary and primary schools in Ondo State, to manage their routine day to day activities and processes. Its main objective is principally to eradicate manual records keeping methods in schools, such as databases of students, teachers and other activities. The portal provides better interaction between the schools, the Ministry of Education and the Parents in respect of Children’s performance in schools. Incidentally, while the digitalization process of Ondo state was evolving, the Federal Ministry of Education came up with similar concept on 15th May, 2019, when the Federal Policy and Guidelines on Digital Education was launched at Abuja. Thus, Ondo state coincidentally ranked as the first state in Nigeria to key in to the programme. The official launching of the programme is expected to take place in 2020.


BENEFITS OF THE PORTAL TO SCHOOLS AND THE MINISTRY

  • It is a value addition to the Schools and Government to ensure Teachers at various levels become ICT compliant.
  • The platform ensures availability of comprehensive data base for planning purpose, human resources and information management.
  • It helps to reduce to the barest minimum issues relating to ghost Students / Pupils / Teachers as they would all have individual unique numbers for tracking.
  • It enhances monitoring of Teachers and Students / Pupils performance, and equally enhance quality of education.

BENEFITS TO PARENTS / STUDENTS / PUPILS:

  • The Education portal provides Parents with instant access to information relating to their wards.
  • It provides monitoring of performance on regular basis.
  • It serves as motivation to Students / Pupils as they are put on their toes from time to time.
  • It enables close monitoring and quick checks and balances when a child is derailing.
  • Students / Pupils have access to E-Learning module and practice with past questions, CBT and other Educational books online.

Indeed Hon Femi Agagu has succeeded in transforming Education in Ondo state, by eradicating manual processes across schools and replacing same with modern and dynamic online digital learning.