President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his condolences to the family of Mrs. Phebean Ogundipe, the author of legendary English textbook, Brighter Grammar and co-author of Practical English, who died last Friday at the age of 92.
A presidency statement on Wednesday said that Buhari mourned with Ogundipe’s family, friends, the academia, former students of the educationist and indeed “all Nigerians, who drank from the fountain of knowledge of the endowed English teacher”.
The President believed that Ogundipe’s life was defined by her passion for education and uncommon dedication to serve others; stressing that her legacy will live on.
“He affirms that as a gifted child who meritoriously earned a full scholarship for her secondary education, Ogundipe’s exceptional career as a civil servant in the Federal Ministry of Education, an English teacher in different schools, Deputy Chief Federal Adviser on Education, and acting director in the Federal Ministry, among others, left an indelible mark in the nation’s education sector, particularly the teaching and learning of English language.
“As a recipient of the National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) and other numerous awards for her works on education, the President avers that the Ogundipe will be fondly remembered and honoured for the various roles and responsibilities in facilitating teaching, learning, assessment, research, curriculum development, and policy in the nation’s educational system.
“President Buhari prays God almighty to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn”, added the statement issued by senior presidential media assistant, Garba Shehu.