•By Musbau Rasak
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has appointed Hon Wahab Olawale Alawiye- King as the Chairman of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
He replaced Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin who bowed out on Friday, September 13, 2019.
Wahab Alawiye-King is a experienced politician. On his return from the United States of America (USA) in the late 90s, Alawiye-King former the Concerned Committee of Lagos Islanders (CCLI) which worked for the development of youths and women in Lagos through various empowerment programmers.
He led members of the CCLI to join the Alliance for Democracy (AD) on which he contested for the Chairmanship of Lagos Island Local Government.
Despite losing the party’s ticket to then Mrs Aderinsola Braithwaite-Ogedengbe later Mrs Derin Disu, Alawiye-King did not waivered in his commitment and loyalty to the culminating in his winning the Action Congress (AC) ticket to run for the Lagos State House of Assembly to represent Lagos Island State Constituency 1 for the 6th Assembly In 2007.
He won and was appointed the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology.
He was re-elected in 2011 this time around to represent Lagos Island State Constituency 2 in the 7th Assembly and was appointed the Chairman of the House Committee on Education.
He was the Deputy Director General of Babajide Olusola Sanni-Olu Campaign Organisation (BOSCO) as well as the Director- General of Senator Oluremi Tinubu’s Campaign Organization in 2019 general elections.
His appointment has been described as putting a round peg in a round hole by some analysts.
“Apart from being twice Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Alawiye-King was a former lecturer hence his experience in the education section will go a long way in contributing positively to the development of education in Lagos State at the primary school leve,” a private school owner, Mrs Adeola Olaniyonu said.
A teacher who preferred to remain anonymous said the appointment is commendable. “I’ve known Alawiye King since his days in the Assembly and I’m very sure he will do well in this new assignment,” she said.