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Women You Should Know: Sarah Adebisi Sosan

 

Background

Sarah Adebisi Sosan was born in Lagos state on 11th February 1956 to the aristocratic family of Chief and Princess Durosinmi of Irewe town in Ojo Local Government Area, Badagry division. Her mother hails from the Fafunwa Onikoyi Royal Family of Ita-Onikoyi in Idumota, Lagos Island and her father was a member of the defunct Action Group (AG) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), hence he was a long-time disciple of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Due to her maternal ancestry, Sarah, the former Deputy Governor of Lagos state, bears the Yoruba traditional title Omoba.


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Education

She began her early education at the Christ Assembly Primary School, Apapa and Secondary Education at the Awori-Ajeromi Secondary School. She commenced her sojourn in the teaching profession at the then Lagos State College of Education, Ijanikin (now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education) in 1980 where she obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) and later proceeded to the University of Lagos, Akoka, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English Education (B.A) Ed in 1988 and a master’s degree in Adult Education (M.Ed ) 1989.

Her determination to keep abreast with technology led her, in 2004, to proceed for an Advanced Diploma in Information Technology at the Lagos City Computer College. She also served as the commissioner of education in Lagos

Life in the Classroom

As a Youth Corper, Bisi taught at the St. Leo’s Secondary School Abeokuta, Ogun State as a classroom teacher while her sojourn in the Lagos State Public Service started in January 1989 when she was employed by the then Lagos State Post Primary Teaching Service Commission (PP- TESCOM) as a Master Grade II, a classroom teaching appointment.


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Politics

Between 1990 and 1999, Mrs Sosan left her job as a teacher to serve as a Principal Education Officer at the Lagos State Ministry of Education. She later moved to the defunct State Primary Education Board (SPEB) now Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB) as an Assistant Board Secretary. Later in the year 2006 when the state Primary Education Board transformed to Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, she was redeployed to the Department of Communication and Information Technology as the Head of Department (HOD). As Head, she was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring computer education and training was given the attention it deserved in Lagos State Public Primary Schools. She was appointed to the position of Deputy Governor by Babatunde Fashola in 2007.

The Sarah Adebisi Sosan Foundation (SASF)

The Sarah Adebisi Sosan Foundation (SASF) in its quest to empower people in the rural area, particularly women, has given financial support to indigent citizens in Ojo local government area and neighbouring communities in Lagos State.

The empowerment scheme is aimed at assisting the women to become self-reliant. Speaking at the event, the former Lagos deputy governor and founder of SASF, Princess Sarah Sosan, said the initiative is one of the ways the foundation is showing its commitment to improving the status of women and youths in the community.

She said:

“Apart from our medical outreach and various empowerment schemes that include the production of liquid soap, body cream, shoes, bags and insecticide, we are further strengthening their capacity with a cash gift. If you empower a woman, you have empowered a nation. The little fund given to them should be added to their existing business to boost it. It is just a means of encouragement.”

Source:

Guardian NG

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