Tinubu tasks govt on improved education sector
As NUT boss calls for teachers’ empowerement
By Dapo Akinrefon, with agency report
LAGOS—GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has described teachers as nation builders, change agents and catalysts for the realisation of any meaningful, functional and effective education delivery to drive national development.
Ambode said this during the activities to mark the 2017 World Teachers’ Day celebration in Lagos with the theme: Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.
Represented by Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, the governor said that experience had shown that teachers performed better and contributed to national development when they were well-motivated.
He said: “This is why this administration has continued to improve on the welfare and training of teachers as well as done infrastructure upgrades to ensure that they are motivated to achieve productivity.
“We have approved the promotion of primary school teachers to Grade Level 17 for them to be at par with their counterparts in the civil service.
“We have also approved the recruitment of additional 500 teachers to meet the population of our students and reduce workload on our teachers.”
He, however, promised that his administration will continue to “consolidate on reforms initiated to adequately empower and reward our teachers. Teachers should not start enjoying the fruit of their labour only when they get to heaven, they must first earn and relish their rewards while here on earth.”
Ambode, who urged teachers to see themselves as parents, advisers and counsellors to students to mould responsible adults, charged them to continue to maintain the ethics of the profession.
In his remarks, the lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, urged government at all levels to prioritise policies that could improve the education sector.
Tinubu also urged teachers to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation by moulding and nurturing the country’s future leaders.
Also speaking, National President of NUT, Mr Michael Olukoya, said that many teachers were faced with challenges as insecure school environment, inadequate training, poor remuneration, lack of promotion prospects and professional autonomy.
Olukoya, represented by Mrs Adebukola Kareem, Assistant Secretary, NUT Abuja, said the challenges undermined the status of the teaching profession and the outcome of educational service delivery in the country.
He urged governments and employers of teachers to ensure that teachers were empowered, honoured, respected and valued.
“They should ensure the provision of decent working condition, professional autonomy, high quality training and continuous professional development and support,” he said.
Olukoya pledged that Nigerian teachers would continue to contribute their quota to the progress of the country.
On his part, Mr Adesegun Raheem, Chairman, NUT, Lagos State, commended Ambode for placing premium on education as a means of liberating the citizens from the shackles of ignorance.
“Our governor recognised education as a catalyst for human development which is why we have moved radically to the first line in public education result grading of the states,” he said.