As the Teachers Reality Show continued to gain acceptance, teachers have clamour for more push by the Federal Government for continuous quality and accessible education for all Nigerians.
The teachers spoke at the First Eviction of the 2022 Teachers Naija Reality TV Show organised by the ANUB Media Ltd. in Abuja.
Mr Wua Nsughve, one of the participating teachers from St. James African Church Primary School, Akinola Obafemi Owode, called on the government to focus on rural schools to motivate the teachers.
According to him, the show is a great platform to encourage the Nigerian teacher and recognise them in their various works and experiences they go through in the course of discharging their duties and their services in their respective places of assignments.
He said that naturally, teachers in the rural communities found it difficult to get such a platform regardless of location and economic backgrounds, adding that the work of a teacher was to build a modern society for the greater good of the nation.
“The work of a teacher to the growth of a nation and community cannot be overemphasised.
Over the years, there has been the general notion even among teachers that they are not regarded in the society.
“Teachers tend to be treated as though not really matter in the society as much as there’s a whole lot of people out there who come with testimonies of how their lives are transformed by virtue of the quality of work in the course of teaching them.
“So the teachers reality TV show is a platform opened to any teacher by virtue of his location the opportunity to be showcased,” he said.
Nsughve said the reality show had a lot of value and learning it could give to Nigerians while calling for sponsorship of the show to get more attention than some counterpart shows that do not portray moral values.
He commended the organiser of the show for giving teachers such a platform that could help impact on the general lives of the citizenry.
He, therefore, appealed to the government to priotise the teaching profession while giving attention to rural teachers.
“So, I think government should prioritise the role of teachers because the teachers in a local community tends to automatically become one of the leaders of the entire community.
“They tend to become the only source of valid information that the community has access to, become the only light for the children.
“If the status of teachers are upgraded, naturally there will be motivation for others out there.
When you go to classes, you find it easy for students to say I want to become a doctor when I grow up, I want to become a pilot.
” But you have to find ways students will be proud to say they want to become a teacher.
Also, teachers in rural communities tend to be neglected.
” These communities tend to be absolutely out of reach of basic amenities.
Government need to focus more on upgrading the status of rural teachers,” he addedNsughve, however, said the show had developed the mental and emotional capacity of the teachers as task in the area of transfer of knowledge and puzzle were given to show how they could cope while embarking on their role as teachers.
Miss Precious Osemwonta, from Nawarudeen Primary School, Obafemi Owode, Ogun State, evicted from the first week of the show.
The Managing Director, ANUB Media Ltd., Mr Enuagwuna Ubaka, who is also the Convener of the TV show said the aim of the programme was to improve the teachers’ value in the society.
Miss Precious Osemwonta, from Nawarudeen Primary School, Obafemi Owode, Ogun State, evicted in the week one of the show.
Ubaka, who said the theme of the third edition of the reality show tagged: ‘ The Smart Teacher’, was to change the impression some people had saying teaching profession was the poorest vocation.
According to him, the show is developed to positively showcase teachers and promote the worth of the profession in Nigeria.
” First of all, the theme for this season’s is a smart teacher.
So that means for you to come into the show, you must be a smart teacher, a teacher that should be able to think.
” A teacher that is able to create something out of nothing, a teacher that is able to work under pressure and a teacher that’s all encompassing.
” You know, what a lot of teachers focus on is just to go into the classroom, deliver their lesson and the other thing is not a concern to them.
So to get a versatile teacher, it shows that that teacher knows a bit of almost everything.
” So those are the kind of teachers that we were looking for, before they got into the house, there were a lot of tasks we gave to them.
So you have to be a smart teacher to participate in the show,” he said.
He said that the programme started from 2019 and could not hold in 2020, because of COVID19 pandemic, but resumed the second season in 2021adding that it had made huge impact in the lives of teachers.
He, therefore, said that the show had large viewership as it is shown on the National Television Authority (NTA), and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
He commended the Federal Ministry of Education, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) and the Institute of Educational practitioners in UK for their partnership to make the show a success, as well as its sponsors.
The evicted teacher, Miss Precious Osemwonta, from Nawarudeen Primary School, Obafemi Owode, Ogun State, said she never believed she would be evicted in the first week of the show as she had high expectations to finish through to the endOsemwonta said she believed that the individual task as well as the group task cumulatively were responsible for her eviction, while promising to prepare hard for the next season of the show.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the show which commenced on Oct. 22 with 19 contestants would run through to Nov. 20.However, with the eviction of a contestant, the show is left with 18 contestants to jostle for the best three winners who would go home with outstanding cash prizes.
Stakeholders in the North-East have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for increased allocation to education and health sectors in the proposed 2023 budget.
The stakeholders including educationists, health experts and social activists said the measure was imperative towards raising standards in the sectors.
They made the made the commendation while responding to a survey on the 2023 budget by the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi, Damaturu, Gombe and Yola.NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct. 7, presented N20.51 trillion 2023 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.
In the budget, N1.08 trillion has been allocated to the education sector, representing 5.3 per cent of the budget size.
The breakdown showed that N470 billion has been earmarked for revitalisation and salary enhancement in tertiary institutions and over N50 billion would be expended on implementation of new the Teachers Salary Structure in public schools, among others.
In his contribution, Dr Ali Fannami, Secretary, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Yobe, however, noted that the N1.08 trillion surpassed the N0.92 trillion allocation to education in the 2022 budget, adding that the sector requires additional funding for sustainable development.
He suggested that 15 to 20 per cent of the country’s total budget should be channelled to the education sector in line with international benchmark.
The scribe inferred that if South Africa, with a population of about 62 million people could allocate 20.4 per cent of its budget to education, Nigeria with an estimated population of 200 million people should not be spending 5.3 per cent in the sector.
Fannami also lauded the Buhari administration for the proposed N15.2 billion expenditure on Safe School Initiative (SSI) in the 2023 budget.
According to him, the SSI, which is an inter-governmental commitment to protect schools from armed and non-armed conflicts will boost education, especially in high risk areas.
The scribe, however, said that unless communities assist security operatives with credible information on crimes, the scheme might not achieved its objectives.
He said the SSI would be more successful if teachers, parents and communities are adequately carried along at every stage of its implementation.
Similarly; a Gombe-based public analyst, Mr Clement Stanley has urged the federal government to sustain the increase in the health sector budget to enhance access to quality healthcare services in the country.
He said the 2023 budget increase to health would accelerate infrastructure development, address manpower gaps and other challenges bedeviling the sector.
According to him, for the first time in the history of health funding in the country, the health sector has been allocated N1.17 in the proposed 2023 budget.
He said the figure showed a significant increase above the N547 billion and N826.9 billion allocated to the sector in 2021 and 2022 budgets, respectively.
This, he said, should be sustained to transform health systems towards enhancing healthcare service delivery.
He, therefore, called for proactive measures to ensure strict implementation of the budget in line with its provisions to achieve the set objectives.
Also, Mr Mubarak Muhammad, Social and Behavior Change Communication Officer, Marie Stopes Nigeria, Bauchi State Office, said the allocation to the sector demonstrated federal government’s commitment towards attaining the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
“It is just about six per cent of the proposed total budget size, a little above one third of the Abuja Declaration which requires 15 per cent allocation of the total budget to the health sector.
“The proposed allocation to the health sector in the 2023 budget rose from N826.9 billion equivalent to 4.7 per cent of the total budget in 2022 to N1.17 trillion indicating 5.75 per cent in 2023.“The proposed budget saw an increase of about 94.83 per cent for capital expenditure and 25.54 per cent for recurrent expenditure.
“This means that the public will feel more impact than they felt in 2022, if the proposed budget would be passed and fully implemented,” he said.
According to him, with adequate funding, the country will advance towards Universal Health Coverage for the citizenry.
He noted that the Federal Government’s contributions to state governments under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) and other programmes encouraged them to enrolled reasonable number of vulverabel people and scaled up activities towards improved healthcare service delivery.
“Indeed with the 2022 allocation to the health sector, the Federal Government has put states on their toes.
We hope that the 2023 would come with better health indices”.
While urging the federal government to ensure effective implementation of the Abuja Declaration, Muhammad called for prompt release of fund to facilitate smooth implementation of the health programmes, especially Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAH+N)Moreso, Abu John, Executive Director, African Community and Environmental Health Intiative (ACE-HI), said the gesture indicated government’s commitment to quality healthcare service delivery in the country.
He advised relevant authorities and stakeholders to utilise the allocation to improve personnel welfare towards addressing manpower gaps and brain drain in the sector.
“No fewer than 2,000 doctors left the shores of the country for white collar jobs from 2020 to date.
“The work force requires an emergency intervention to ensure that workers are retain for better healthcare services, and access to live saving drugs and modern equipment should be a priority of the budget.
“It is also important for the federal government to take up responsibility and redirect its focus on primary healthcare services.
“A key essential to basic healthcare is for the government to reduce dependence on partners, rather develop and implement sound policies to strengthen the system,” he said.
However, Dr Shehu Sirajo, a lecturer, Adamawa State University Mubi (ADSU), described the N20.5 trillion proposed 2023 budget as “ambitious”.
He said that budget was an annual government expenditure of projected revenue based on expectations and anticipations.
The don noted that the 2023 budget was ambitious considering the dwindling revenue occasioned by insecurity, tax evation and the quantum of debts.
“Larger chunk of the budget would be used on debt servicing which might affect both macro and micro economic variables in the country,” he said.
For his part, Muhammed Aliyu, a civil servant, expressed optimism that the target for the budget could be achieved if revenue sources are effectively utilise.
He stressed the need for proactive measures to block revenue leakages to facilitate effective implementation of the budget.
The ANUB Media Ltd. on Friday in Abuja, showcased teachers from various states to promote value and recognition of the teaching profession on reality Naija show.
The Managing Director of the organisation, Mr Enuagwuna Ubaka, at the opening session of the 2022 Teachers Naija Show, said the aim of the programme was to improve the teachers’ value in the society.
Ubaka said the theme of this year`s programme was `The Smart Teacher`, adding that the organisation wanted to change the impression some people had having that the profession was the poorest vocation.
According to him, the reality show is a platform developed by the ANUB Media, to positively showcase teachers and promote the worth of the teaching profession in Nigeria.
“We decided to achieve this through competition activities by selecting some of the teachers from the 36 states, including the FCT, engaging them in some intellectual exercise.
This is so that at the end of the exercise, we will reward the three best.
“The exercise will offer a massive positive exposure to the teachers, both national and international “The NANUB Media is committed to let people know that teachers deserve respect and honour because they are people that train professionals and other experts, so they deserve to be rewarded.
“People normally say that teachers’ reward is in heaven but we are saying no to that statement.
“We want to change the impression; yes, teachers reward is both in heaven and on this earth just like other professions.
“We also want to highlight aspects of the teaching profession that are not commonly known as well as sensitising the society to the critical role of teachers in nation building,’’ he said.
Ubaka explained that the show had gone to first and second seasons, adding that the 2022 season would be the third season.
He said that the programme started from 2019 and could not hold in 2020, because of COVID19 pandemic, but resumed the second season in 2021. He said that the show had made huge impact in the lives of teachers, adding that the number of the participants was increasing exceedingly.
“In the first season we had 15 in-house mates which we selected from various states across the country.
“The teachers were in the house for 15 days and during the show they participated in a lot of tasks.
“At the end of the exercise, we had the first winner getting N1.5 million, sponsored to Dubai trip and N500,000 for educational interventions to the school the person is teaching.
“The second person won one million naira and also money was provided to the school the person is teaching for educational intervention.
” The managing director said that 21 teachers were participating on the 2022 show, adding that the winner would be going home with N3 million cash and a lot of reimbursements.
He said that the support would come from different international organisations.
According to him, the second person will win N2 million naira cash and other benefits that will be added to it, while the third person will be going home with N1.5 million.
“Meanwhile, the 2021 season, the winner won N2 million cash, second person won N1.5 million and the third person got one million naira cash as well,’’ he said.
Ubaka said that the organisation selected the teachers from various states in the country, adding that the criteria for the selection was that the person must be a Nigerian.
“The person must be from age 21 to 35 years and must be active in teaching and fluent in English Language.
“The participant must have at least National Certificate in Education (NCE), Post Graduate Diploma in education or degree in education so that he or she will be professionally qualified,’’ he added.
He said that the organisation selected teachers from both private and public schools across the country.
He said that the organisation partnered with the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), as well discussed with the school authorities involved to enable them to release the teachers selected.
Miss Dorcas Mbadugha, from KIIB School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, one of the participants, said she would try her best to win the competition.
She said that she had the passion for the teaching profession and must ensure that she achieved her target of being a professor in a university.
Sen. Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Cross River North seat at the National Assembly, has promised to promote teachers’ welfare in the state.
Agom-Jarigbe, said this on Tuesday in Ogoja, when he received members of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers(NUT).
“I am a product of teachers been that both my parents were teachers and as such, I have no choice than to always support your course.
“However, with your support to all PDP candidates, especially the governorship candidate, all the ill-treatment melted out to you by the current government in the state will be corrected,” he said.
The candidate presented 25 motorcycles to some members of the union, promising to donate a brand new vehicle to the union before 2023 to aid its movements.
The senator solicited for the support of the union for the PDP governorship candiate, Dr Sandy Onor. Earlier in his remarks, Mr Gregory Olayi, the state NUT Chairman, commended the senator for the quality representation he has given to his people.
Olayi said that the senator’s numerous interventions and contributions in the education sector as a lawmaker have not gone unnoticed and appealed that members of the union be considered in his empowerment programmes.
The Borno Government on Thursday allocated houses to 24 primary school teachers in the state to improve their welfare.
The News Agency of Nigeria report that the houses, constructed by Gov. Babagana Zulum, were inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari during a recent visit to Maiduguri for the 2022 World Humanitarian Day. Presenting the houses to the beneficiaries, Mr Lawan Wakilbe, the state Commissioner for Education, said they were were selected based on merit from different schools.
Wakilbe explained that the houses consisted of 12 units each of fully furnished two bedrooms, a parlour, kitchen and two self-contained toilets.
He charged teachers to take good care of the facility as it is an institutional property.
He disclosed that the state government has constructed similar edifices in Banki town of Bama and Mafa Local Government Areas.
He said that the government would extend such gesture to other local government areas in the state in order to provide accommodation for hardworking teachers across the state.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Housing and Energy, Mr Yuguda Vungas, said the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of civil servants to enhance efficient service delivery.
In their remarks, the Executive Chairman, Teaching Service Board (TSB), Prof. Suleiman Bello; the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Bulama Kagu; the state Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Jibrin Mohammed, commended Zulum’s polices and programmes in enhancing teachers’ welfare.
The officials however enjoined the teachers to re-dedicate themselves to duty.
They also urged the workers to reciprocate the good intention of the present administration by ensuring effective and efficient service delivery.
Teachers in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi , under the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) are yet to receive their August.
However, Chief Donatus Njoku, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who reacted to the development, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abakaliki, that the teachers will soon be paid.
Njoku said it was regrettable that that those category of teachers had not been paid, and pleaded with them to be patient.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure that whatever might had led to such delay in payment is addressed.
“We are in contact with all those concerned over the payment and all issues would be sorted soon,” he said.
He noted that August was a transition month in the local government leadership of the state, being the end of the past chairmen’s tenure and inauguration of new ones on Sept.1.“It is fact that teachers are not owed in the state and this particular situation is peculiar,” he said.
Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ebonyi, Mr Francis Egwu said that he was displeased to hear of the development in Ebonyi Local Government, while teachers in other local government areas had received their August salary.
“I contacted the past and present chairmen of the council and no cogent reason was given for the delay.
“They, however, promised to expedite action in resolving issues concerning the payment.
“I will not rest until the matter is resolved as teachers in the council among other areas deserve their due wages,” he said.
Efforts made by NAN to speak with the former Chairman of the council, Mrs Chinyere Nwogbaga proved abortive as she did not pick calls or reply the messages sent to her.
The Chairman of UBEB in the state, Chief Hycinth Ikpor, did not also pick his calls or reply the messages sent to him.
Teachers: Why their reward should start from earth Teachers: Why their reward should start from earth By Funmilayo Adeyemi, News Agency of Nigeria Teachers worldwide play a critical role in the formation of the behaviour patterns and by extension, the future of young persons.
Therefore, the role of teachers goes beyond teaching.
The teacher functions in different capacities including parenting, counseling, mentoring and being a role model.
Given their strategic position in the evolution of any society, it is expected that teachers should be well respected, adequately remunerated and comprehensively catered for.
However, many stakeholder and teachers themselves think that this has not been the case in many countries, including Nigeria.
They say that in many parts of the world, teachers are the most under paid, largely not respected and remain the lower rug welfare package for workers.
Not much has changed in spite of years of protests by Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).
Some teachers participating in a march past at an event to commemorate World Teachers Day in Abuja To promote the dignity of teachers and draw global attention to the professional hazards they face, UNESCO, in 1994, proclaimed Oct. 5 as World Teachers Day. The date is significant because it was on this day in 1966 that a special intergovernmental meeting accepted the UNESCO recommendation on the Status of Teachers.
At a rally in Abuja to celebrate the 2022 edition of World Teachers Day, Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Government has rolled out a raft of measures to address the challenges of teaching and teachers.
Osinbajo said this partly informed the setting up of teachers database of teachers through the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) which has already registered 2, 108, 342 teachers and licensed 1,250,000 teachers countrywide.
“No society can grow beyond its educational attainment.
One of the major differences between healthy, well-functioning and prosperous societies and poorer societies is education.
“We owe so much of our well-being as a nation to our educators at every level.
“We are fully implementing the professional teaching and teacher qualification framework standards that will invariably impact on education outcome and teacher performance at the pre-school, basic, secondary and tertiary levels,” Osinbajo told his audience.
To remedy the problem of poor remuneration of teacher, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission has reviewed the wages package for teachers in basic and senior secondary schools.
“Implementation is awaiting conclusion of consultations with state governments and the National Assembly,” he said.
Adamu said that arrangements had also been concluded to commence the payment of stipends and scholarships to students in faculties; and colleges of education to boost enrolment.
“To mitigate the current dearth of qualified teachers in the school system, government has commenced the implementation of a teacher conversion programme with ICT training, starting with the Federal Civil Service.
“We are pleased to note that a number of states have also implemented the scheme”, Adamu said.
Teachers also face the problem of poor working condition and the NUT has called on different tiers of government to mitigate this obstacle.
The president of the union, Mr Titus Amba, said it was unfortunate that teachers had to work in dilapidated classroom, under trees and in some cases have to wade through flooded classrooms to teach.
“As well as lack of opportunities for quality training and continuing professional development, poor working conditions for teachers and lack of recognition of teachers’ professional status among others remain major challenges’, he said.
Yet to some other stakeholders, much progress will not be made if the quality of teachers is not addressed as immediately as possible.
One of such stakeholders is the private school operators who canvassed training and retraining of teachers to enhance their professionalism and service delivery.
“There will be no significant transformation in education without the strong input of teachers.
“Even in ordinary times, the quality of teaching that students receive is the most important driver of learning within an educational system.
“To ensure the required transformation in education, teachers will need to develop targeted and sequenced remedial learning plans.
“They need to strategise how to deliver these alongside the curriculum and learning”, said Chief Yomi Otubela, the National President, National Association of Proprietors of Private School (NAPPS).
To inspire teachers to contribute their best to molding the nation’s leaders of tomorrow, Ms Odinakachi Ahanonu, Policy Advisory, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All urged governments to provide various incentives for teachers.
“These incentives should be implemented before the present administration leaves office because the quality of children we have determines the quality of teachers,’ she said.
Before incentives, governments should ensure that no teacher is owed his or her legitimate salary and NUT is irked that many state government still owed teachers’ salaries.
According to NUT, this is not only demeaning but also a drawback to efforts to boost the quality and moral of teachers in Nigeria.
“A good number of state governors owe primary school teachers and secondary school salary arrears some state governments owe primary school teachers a backlog of salaries ranging from four to 18 months”, said Dr Mike Ike-Ene, NUT Secretary-General.
Mr Victor Adejo, a teacher, said it was unfortunate that many teachers that retired many years ago were yet to be paid their entitlements.
“The government should speed up the process of the implementation of 65years of retirement age and 40 years of service and back it up with the payment.
“Many retired teachers are still in service although their names have been removed from the payroll, government should come clear on the new retirement policy for teachers”, he said.
If we want our teachers to be motivated to produce quality future leaders, the society must find a way to reward them appropriately.
Teachers must not continue to live in penury, they deserve something better” he said.
As Nigeria enters a new phase of development 62 years after independence it behoves relevant stakeholders to guarantee that teachers are motivated enough to contribute to nation building by chiseling out appropriate compensation for their efforts.
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The Female Strike Force of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has sensitised some secondary school students on safety and security in Kwara.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the exercise was to mark the first anniversary of the Female Strike Force (FSF) establishment in the Kwara command.
The FSF was established by the Commandant General of NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, to provide safety, protection to schools and other learning centres across the nation.
The state Commandant, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, commended FSF for their efforts so far in the area of patrol and in helping many secondary schools educate their students on safety and security.
Ibrahim, who was represented by DCC Idowu Lawrence, thebDeputy Commandant, noted that the female squad had made a lot of arrest, like internet fraudsters and cult members and also helped dropped out students back to school.
He however advised the unit to organise more training for themselves by collaborating with other security personnel, like the Nigeria Army, to add to their experience on security.
Mr AbdulKareem Babatunde, the state Vice Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), commended NSCDC role in helping the society through its female squad that are addressing issues of uncultured attitudes in schools.
Babatunde, also the Principal of Army Base Senior Secondary School, Sobi, noted that students had been sensitised on how to guard against child molestation, rape and different forms of abuse.
Mr Usman Abdullahi, the state President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), said that the programme was very educative and impressive as it awaken students from their slumber.
Abdullahi noted that the squad had been able to talk about security, assault and first aid, and wish for a synergy with NSCDC to better educate their students on security.
Earlier, Mrs Racheal Dada, the Head of Gender Unit, spoke on ‘’Dangers in Keeping Quiet when Abused”, explaining the dangers associated with child abuse and its negative effect on the victims.
Dada said that there was need to educate children and teach them how to stop abuse, whether physical, mental, emotional or even sexual abuse.
She said that dangers associated with keeping quiet when abused included contacting deadly diseases, unwanted pregnancy, drug abuse and suicide, saying “a close mouth is a close destiny, speak out”.
NAN reports that 45 students attended the sensitisation, drawn from 15 schools across thevthree senatorial districts of the state.
Hon. Umar Bago, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Niger State, on Wednesday rewarded three teachers with cars for their commitment and exemplary behaviour.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the teachers were presented with a Toyota Yaris, Toyota Camry and Premacy Mazda cars.
Bago, represented by his Deputy governorship candidate, Alhaji Yakubu Garba presented the cars to the teachers at an event to commemorate the 2022 World Teachers Day in Minna.
The event with the theme: “The transformation of Education Begins with Teachers”, was organised by the Niger State Ministry of Education.
“There is the need to celebrate the occasion and reward deserving teachers with a befitting gift to commemorate this day as this gift will help to boost their moral and encourage them to do more for the pupils and students,” Bago saidThe recipients of the cars are Malam Mohammed Ndazuru (Best School Principal), of Alikimi Aliyu Day Secondary School Mokwa, and Yusuf Ibrahim (Best Primary School Teacher) of Central Primary School Kwatachi, Mashegu.
The third recipient was Mr Daniel Loguma (Best Secondary School Teacher).
NAN also reports that Bago gave out N100,000 each to five schools in five local government areas of the state for standing out among other schools in academics and competions.
Similarly, the Niger State Ministry of Education presented 15 gas cookers,15 refrigerators, 15 television sets, 65 plaques, certificates of commendation and cash gifts to deserving teachers.
Also speaking, Governor Sani Bello who was represented by his Deputy Alhaji Ahmed Ketso in his address, pledged that the state would inaugurate the Teachers’ Endorsement Fund with the sum of N50 million.
He said the implementation would begin after a well developed framework.
“There is going to be continuation for the process for the recruitment of qualified teachers ìn the 2023 fiscal year to make up up for attrition due to retirement, death and inter-service staff movement.
“Government will do everything to ensure that basic education sector which is the foundation of education is firmly laid for the entrenchment of sustainable educational system that will guarantee good life for our children.
“I am assuring teachers that the implementation of outstanding promotions and annual increment and full implementation of teachers special salary will begin soon,” he said.
In his remarks, Mr Akayago Mohammed, the State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Niger state chapter, earlier called on the state government to recruit more qualified teachers to fill in the existing vacancies at both primary and post primary schools in the state.
Mohammed said that there was dearth of teachers as some had died, a and some had retired, hence the need to fill the vacancy created by the vacuum.
He also appealed to the government to implement 65 years of retirement age or 40 years of service recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for teachers by releasing an executive order to this effect.
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Wednesday gave `Award of Excellence’ to 61 teachers across the 16 local government areas of the state to mark this year’s World Teachers’ Day. Presenting the awards in Ilorin on Wednesday, AbdulRazaq appreciated the sacrifices and hard work of teachers to the development of the education sector.
He described teachers as the centerpiece of his administration’s transformative agenda in the education sector, reassuring of government’s continuous commitment to their welfare and addressing all pending issues in phases.
The awards came with varying gifts, which the governor described as a token of appreciation for those who mould the future of the next generation with their sweats, expertise and patience.
“If there is anyone that we are obliged to honour and celebrate, that is the teacher.
On that note, I thank all of you for your efforts, sacrifices and commitments.
“The World Teachers’ Day is the idea of UNESCO in line with the 1966 Recommendations on the Status of Teachers across the world.
“The theme of this year’s anniversary speaks directly to us in Kwara State.
“Our huge investments in the education sector are closely tied to teachers and school heads.
You are the key drivers of the transformation that we seek.
“As we commit billions of naira to improve the learning environment, we are similarly funding the multibillion naira KwaraLEARN programme, which seeks to improve the capacity of our teachers and boost learning outcomes for our children.
“Between 2019 and now, we have ensured prompt payment of salaries unlike before.
The implementation of the minimum wage has raised the size of what we take home every month,’’ AbdulRazaq said.
The state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Bashiru Ayinde, paid glowing tributes to the governor’s commitment to education sector, workers’ welfare and urged him to do more.
“Here in Kwara State, we are proud to assert that the administration of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has made some remarkable improvements in transformation of the education sector and conditions of our teachers, as compared to what existed prior to his coming to office as governor.
“Although it is not yet Uhuru, we wish to use this occasion to further encourage the state government to work extra hard in meeting the demands of teachers,’’ Ayinde said.