Dowen College: Heavy Security Presence In School Premises Over Possible Reopening
Dowen College: Heavy Security Presence In School Premises Over Possible Reopening

Dowen College Founder, Board Members Step Down.

Dr. Olumide Phillips, founder of Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos, and members of the school’s board have resigned. Phillips was the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The board members’ and chairman’s retirement was announced in a statement issued by Tomi Borisade on behalf of the institution in Lagos yesterday.

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.”

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On the death of Sylvester Oromoni, 12, a student of the school last November, the statement further read, “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.”

The institution stated that it was collaborating with the Lagos State Ministry of Education and had taken their advice and ideas for several areas of development into consideration and committed to making infrastructure upgrades to the hostels and school facilities to improve safety and monitoring on school grounds.

Meanwhile, the college’s administration is anxiously expecting the Lagos State government’s decision to reopen.

The school was closed in December as a result of the demonstrations and outrage that accompanied Oromoni’s murder, and when the government planned to reopen it early this year, it changed its mind at the last minute.

It was learned that extensive dialogue has taken place between the college’s administration, the state government, and the deceased’s family in order to reach an equitable resolution to the situation.


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