BENIN—THE Otaru of Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, has commended Governor Adams Oshiomhole for cancelling the competency test proposed by the state government for teachers in public primary and secondary schools in the state.

The governor had announced the cancellation of the competency test, the restoration of salaries of 936 teachers and the approval of other incentives to the teachers, at a meeting with the workers unions last Thursday.
Speaking at the formal presentation of the winner of this year’s Koranic recitation competition in Jigawa State, weekend, the Otaru of Auchi said the move will douse tension and fears among the teachers on what they erroneously thought was a ploy by the government to retrench them.

He said: “I was very happy to hear the statement made by our governor about the teachers. The teachers are now back to work. Those who were sacked have been asked to resume work. Teachers who are supposed to write examinations have been exempted  and those who are due to retire will be retired with full pay. So I thank you and God bless Oshiomhole.”

The Otaru said the extension of other entitlements to the teachers would increase their productivity.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Oshiomhole admonished Muslim faithful to imbibe the spirit and teachings of the holy Prophet Mohammad in order to ensure peace and unity among all ethnic nationalities in the country.


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