By: Idowu Olamide
It was rain of encomium, funfair and a panoramic instantaneous play back of major moments as a teacher over the past 35 years as the mother of Honorable Dimeji Bakare, popularly known as Don Jah Jah, Mrs Kudirat Bakare bowed out of civil service as a head teacher on Thursday, 8th of November, 2018 at the Ilupeju Community Primary School, Iyana-Iyesi, Ota, Ogun State.
Mrs Kudirat Bakare, an indigene of Abeokuta in Ogun State but married to one of the Bakares from Iju, Ota, Ogun State and a graduate of University of Ado-Ekiti has been a classroom teacher and molding lives for over 35 years with most of her teaching career spent within Ado-Odo/Ota in Ogun State.
Traditional rulers, unionists, colleagues, students, club associates, family members, as well as well wishers all trooped in to celebrate the retiree, Mrs Bakare (Nee Iya Alagbo) for no other reason other than her selfless services while in active service and the passion to ensure that pupils become better and influential persons in the society.
The Onikotun of Otun, HRH Oba AbdulAkeem Odunaro, while speaking with VOA News correspondent, described the retiree as a dogged person who throughout her life time in active service was dedicated to the teaching profession. He cited an instance of when Mrs Bakare was transferred to a distance and she was at a crossroads as to whether to go or not; it took the intervention of the monarch who persuaded her to go to the school because of the dilapidated state of the infrastructure.
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Howbeit, Mrs. Bakare agreed to listen to the monarch and in no distance time, she transformed the fortunes of the school. Oba Odunaro said little wonder why PTA Chairman, unionists, colleagues, students and well wishers all took their time to come and celebrate the retiree.
The retiree, Mrs Kudirat Bakare in a chat with VOA News correspondent expressed her heart felt joy having succeeded in serving meritoriously the civil service commission for more than three decades and has transformed various lives in the process. She however charged the Federal Government through the Ministry of education to look into the welfare of teachers in that they were the one responsible for training various professionals in Nigeria. She thanked her children for standing by her and making the retirement program a success.
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One of the sons inlaw of the retiree, Oluwole Gbenga Joseph described Mrs Bakare as a very kind and heart warming person who had the interest of her children and other people’s children at heart. He however, charged the retiree to look into consulting for schools due to her wealth of experience.
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A House of Assembly aspirant under the platform of APC, Hon. Ibrahim Bakare in an interview with VOA News correspondent, said his mother was the root of her success and that she was a very good mother.
He said he believes his mother would have time to focus on her personal business which is traditional and alternative medicine.
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He encouraged teachers to inculcate the habits of his mother in that she did not only give birth to them, she also stood by them and made sure that they succeeded.
The Onikotun of Otun, HRH Oba AbdulAkeem Odunaro, Baale of Mupin, Nigerian Union of Teachers in Ota, were among several other dignitaries who graced the event.