As part of activities marking the 2022 World Teachers Day, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has rewarded teachers, school administrators and schools that have excelled in academics with houses and cash gifts.
The Governor also offered employment to the wife of late Sunday Ogunjimi, a teacher in Odeda Local Government Area who slumped and died while attending a welfare meeting involving members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state in July .
Tajudeen Odufeso, a teacher from Isara Secondary School, Isara- Remo, was given a two bedroom bungalow as the Best Teacher in Public Senior Secondary Schools while Adelana Owolabi and Orebanjo Olusesan from Ijebu Muslim College (Junior) and Early Education Centre, Ijebu-Igbo, got N2m and N1.5M for emerging Best Teachers in Public Junior Secondary Schools and Public Primary Schools, respectively.
Fagbamila Okeneye from Omo Edumare Model Nursery and Primary School, Ago-Iwoye, carted home the sum of N1m as the Best Administrator in the Public Primary Schools category.
In the school category, Remo Divisional High School (Senior), Sagamu and St. Michael’s African Church School 1, Ota, won Best Public Secondary School (Senior) and Best Public Primary School, respectively.
Speaking at the event with the theme, “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers”, held at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, on Wednesday, Governor Abiodun described teachers as career moulders, mentors and national builders who sacrifice their all to produce diverse professionals for the nation.
He said “No doubt, these peculiar people deserve to be celebrated. In fact, we should celebrate them every day and not just for one day that the global body has set aside like today. Let me on behalf of all of us – the government and the entire people of Ogun State – join all men and women of goodwill all over the world to thank very heartily and congratulate very warmly our teachers on the celebration of yet another Teachers’ Day.
“Education is the bedrock of any meaningful socio-political and economic development. As a foundation for scientific, technological enrichment and the advancement of any society, no Nation can become great without the positive contributions of her teachers. The future of any Nation is usually determined by the quality of its education system and how it treats teachers.
“Ogun State is the Education capital of Nigeria. We could not have achieved this status without the contributions of our teachers. We are the Education Capital of Nigeria today mainly because our teachers are simply the best you can find around this country”.
He attributed the commitment of the teaching professionals to the ability of students in Ogun to win numerous awards at different education competitions both national and international.
The Teacher Friendly Governor disclosed that more parents are now showing renewed faith in the public schools by enrolling their children into them unlike in the past, adding that his administration was in the process of supplying 25,000 furniture to all public primary and secondary schools, renovating over 956 classrooms in primary and secondary schools, while approval has been given for the commencement of Ogun Digitalized Multimedia Lesson Plan, where the teachers would be equipped with the wherewithal resources for effective delivery.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Abiodun Akinola, on his part noted that the occasion was a good opportunity to draw government and other stakeholders’ attention to the issues affecting the welfare and well-being of the teachers.
Akinola who lauded the state government’s efforts at training and retraining teachers, recruitment of more teachers, however, urged the government to address the disparity in salaries between primary and secondary schools teachers, while efforts should be made by stakeholders including traditional rulers, religious bodies, among others to address the issue of out-of-school children
The NUT also used the occasion to give an award of ‘Standout Performance’ to Governor Abiodun, while the Governor presented a brand new bus to the Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter.
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