Sylvester Oromoni: Dowen College’s founder, board quit

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Dowen College yesterday said its Board of Governors, including Founder and Chairman, Dr O. Olumide Phillips, had “chosen to retire” as part of its reorganisation following the death of one of its pupils, Sylvester Oromoni.

A statement by Tomi Borisade, on behalf of the Board said this and more decisions were aimed at reassuring the public of the school’s best intentions towards all parties’ as well as to sustain and grow its 24-year legacy.

The statement entitled: “Dowen College Shares Plans Going Forward: a New Chapter,” said in 24years, the school built a strong exemplary educational institution with high moral values and a culture of enviable track record.

It said: “A few weeks ago, the school experienced the unfortunate loss of a promising young student Sylvester Oromoni. May his soul rest in perfect peace and 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.

We have worked on enhancing our safeguarding, monitoring processes and policies to ensure better oversight functions within the school. We are also reviewing our policies with our parents, staff and students to ensure strict compliance and best practices are adhered to going forward. As we review our processes, the school authority will not hesitate to relieve anyone responsible for administrative lapses in the duties of their positions.” The statement expressed the school’s keenness to prevent another similar situation.

It added: “More significantly, the founding members of the Board of Governors, including the Founder and Chairman of the Board, Dr O. Olumide Phillips (PhD, FNSE, FNSChe, FAEng) who have worked tirelessly over the years to develop outstanding children 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.”

It explained that the Board of Governors had also decided to bring in external consultants to work with the school’s management “over the next few months to ensure that high standards and best practices are upheld and implemented where they are needed.

“This new chapter promises to be one of collective re-dedication to excellence. We want our students to always be very proud of their school and our community to be assured of our best intentions at all times.”

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