By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has expressed optimism that his successor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, will improve the quality of education in the state hinting, however, that the outgoing government will employ more teachers before its exit from office this Saturday.
Speaking, weekend, at an interactive session with female students of different schools at the Second Edo State Festival of the Girl Child organized by “We Care Trust Foundation”, a pet project of the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole, in Benin City, Oshiomhole assured that the in-coming administration of Mr Obaseki would not only consolidate on the progress made so far in education but will also ensure that the sector enjoyed more funding.
Commending the organizers of the programme, Oshiomhole said: “My take away from this meeting is that the Commissioner for Education, before he retires next week, must between now and Tuesday, give me a list of Mathematics teachers, English Language, English Literature, Geography, Science teachers and Art teachers.
“We have already done the interview; we will select a number and will post them to your schools next week before the end of my tenure, so that you will be able to say that, when you met with the governor, you told him that you needed Mathematics teachers and five days later a Mathematics teacher resumed in your school.
Also, Physics teachers, and teachers of other subjects will be employed. In many of your schools, you are happy with the buildings, the equipment, but even for the laboratory equipment, you need modern ones, and where you don’t have, they will be provided. I am not sure how long it takes to order them and to have them delivered because we don’t have them right now in any warehouse now.
“So, we won’t be able to deliver those before the end of my tenure, but I will do a memo, I will sign, and Godwin Obaseki, when he assumes office, will ensure those equipment are provided.”