Left: Alhaja Safurat Olayinka Abdulkarim is PDP’s Jimi Agbaje’s running mate while Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule is APC’s Ambode Akuniwunmi’s running mate.
As we all know that Lagos state is more like a two party system where PDP and APC is more dominant although there are other political parties in existence.One of the women pictured above will be the Deputy Governor of Lagos State in May if things work out with the way we see them now.
Alhaja Safurat Olayinka Abdulkarim was born 23rd June 1961 to the Muslim family of Mr. Abdulmananu Mofolorunsho Layode and Mrs. Risikat Ayinke Layode, Safurat has her roots in the indigenous Egun and Awori extractions of Lagos.
Her father hailed from Layode compound in Awhonjigoh Quarters, Badagry, while her mother came from the famous Akibon family, a lineage of warriors from Akogun Compound in Iba Town, in present day Ojo Local Government.
With a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Ado-Ekiti in 2007, Safurat began her educational life in Ansar-ud-Deen Primary School, Badagry, Lagos, between 1966 and 1972.
From 1975 to 1980, she attended Government Teachers’ College, Badagry, where she obtained a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate.
She thereafter proceeded to the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, from 1985 to 1987 for an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Accounting, followed by a Higher National Diploma (HND) from the Kano State Polytechnic (1990).
In 2006, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management from the University of Ado-Ekiti.
Starting out in her career as an Accounting Officer with Bintu Binta Trading Company, Kano, in 1987, Mrs. Abdulkarim later returned to the South-West, where she rose to become the General Manager of the Ikeja, Lagos-based Disk Engineering Limited (1990 to 1996), and thereafter Managing Director of Transmit Network (1996 to 1999).
Between 1998 and 1999, this staunch member of the Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) was appointed Vice Chairman and Supervisory Councillor in the Caretaker Committee of Badagry Local Government.
Safurat is married to Wing-Commander Bala Abdulkarim (Rtd), with whom she has children.
Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule was born in Lagos State to the family of Idowu-Esho of Ojo Alaworo in Ojo Local Government Area of the state.
The Secretary to the State Government began her early education at Awori College, Ojo. Thereafter, she proceeded on admission to the Lagos State University, Ojo, bagging a Bachelor of Art in Education degree in Islamic Studies in 1992.
Adebule was back at the same institution for a Master's degree (M.Ed) in Curriculum Studies graduating in 1997.
She then bagged a certificate in Early
Childhood Development Curriculum and School Administration and Assessment from the Nigeria Institute of International Education Association in 2006.
She enrolled and completed her Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Curriculum Studies in 2012 also at the Lagos State University.
Dr Adebule began her working career as an academic at Lagos State College of Primary Education (LACOPED), Noforija, Epe, as a lecturer in the department of Religious Studies and later transferred her service to the Lagos State University as a lecturer in the department of Curriculum Studies and later Language Arts and Social
Studies in the Faculty of Education.
While at the university, she served as
member on various university committees including Committee on Establishment of LASU International Secondary School; LASU Staff School Monitoring Committee; Member, Association of Learners, and Co-
ordinator, LASU Sandwich Degree
Programme, Osun State College of
Education, Ilesha Campus.
Her political career began when she was appointed as a Commissioner 1 in the Lagos State Post Primary Teaching Service Commission (PP-TESCOM), now Teachers' Establishment and Pensions Office, by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in October 2000 to February 2005 and later as board member of the Lagos State Scholarship Board from February 2005 to November
Adebule was appointed and sworn in as the Secretary to the State Government by the administration of Governor Raji Fashola in July, 2011.
A consummate writer, Adebule, has
several local, national and international publications to her credit. These included 'Reading The Objective Of Universal Basic Education in Nigeria', 'The Imperative of Religion and Peace in the Quest for Sustainable Development in Nigeria:
The Plateau State Experience', 'The
Effective Use of Educational Technology for Religious Teaching: Learning amongst Secondary Schools in Lagos State, Nigeria' to mention a few.
A wife, a mother, a mentor, a believer in the development of future leaders and a politician of repute, Dr Adebule's interests include reading, travelling and community service.