By: Ridwan Ajibose
The principal of Iganmode Grammar School (junior), Ota, Alhaji Muh. Saheed Olagbayi Animashaun is an academician who has had a positive impact in every school he has been opportuned to administer.
Mr Animashaun started his teaching career in his home town as a class teacher at Male Comprehensive high school, Igbesa, in 1985.
He spent 20 years in the school where he functioned as the Librarian, Bursar, and the school’s Sports Director. He combined the duties of these offices with his primary assignment as a teacher, where he taught physical and health education (PHE), Business studies, Introductory technology, Health science, Biology and Economics, before he was transferred to Agbara community High school in 2004, where he was made a vice principal.
At Agbara community high school, he served as a temporary vice principal; being the most senior teacher in the school. He was still teaching in classes until 2006, when he was made a substantive Vice principal who only performed administrative duties for the school.
In September 2010, he was transferred to Methodist high school, Arigbajo, where he served as a principal. The school was already winding up because of the state of infrastructures in the school, he revived the school’s infrastructures; he changed the roofs of the blocks in the school, especially the principal’s office which was almost dilapidated when he got there. He also built toilets for the school to be used by both teachers and students.
Methodist High school where he began his principal-ship career, had only senior secondary school (SSS) 3 students when he was appointed principal, the school admitted more students into the junior classes as a result of the old classroom buildings which were renovated during his tenure.
The school, whose Inter-house sports had been characterised with violence, for the first time, had a violence-free inter-house athletic competition during his administration as the principal.
In 2011, Mr Animashaun was transferred to Ansar-ud-deen comprehensive high school, Lafenwa Ota, he met 4 blocks of classrooms in the school and just one of the blocks had ceramic roof, the other 3 had tattered iron roofs. With the help of the parents Teachers Association (PTA), he was able to renovate the blocks and roofs. The blocks were subsequently renamed blocks A, B, C and D respectively. He later introduced the use of white boards to facilitate easy learning by the students, he also created a Jet club for the school. Records still intact for emphasis.
July, 2016 was the beginning of another chapter in his teaching career, as he was transferred to Ansar ud deen comprehensive college (Junior) Ota, where he recorded remarkable achievements as the principal. The oldest block in the school which has almost collapsed was renovated and the roofs were changed to modern ones. He was also responsible for the completion of the L shaped Block, which had 7 classes in it, which was under construction before he came.
During his administration as the principal of the school, a development enthusiast, Mr Abraham Owoseni facilitated the establishment of a Youth development centre for the school, which was used to teach and orientate the students on leadership. Mr Animashaun also ensured all the boards in the classrooms were changed to white boards as he did in his previous school. The roofs in almost all the classes were changed to ceramics.
In the same vein, during his administration as the principal of the school, the Senator representing Ogun west Senatorial district, Prince Gbolahan Dada renovated a block of 3 classrooms in the school, also, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) built a large classroom that was equipped with computers to ensure the students have access to computer systems when needed.
He has been able to transform the academic status of the school from where it used to be to a better one. It was gathered that during his tenure, the building of an E-library commenced in the school to facilitate E-learning by the students, though, it had not been completed before he left for Iganmode grammar school.
Mr Animashaun’s sojourn as a teacher and as a principal has been one dedicated to academic excellence and good condition of infrastructures in the schools he has worked. While in Iganmode Grammar School (Jnr) he has done his bits to ensure that the school maintains the standard for which it is known and we hope he can replicate the outstanding achievements he made in the school he served before Iganmode Grammar School.