By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI — Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has announced plans by his government to recruit no fewer than 1000 teachers into the state civil service with engagement of hundreds volunteer teachers to teach at the Primary and Secondary schools.
He said the recruitment became compelling because most of the existing teachers are incompetent and unable to inculcate knowledge to the younger ones.
He lamented that his seven years administration has been characterised with unpredictable killings and destruction of houses and public buildings including schools, based on the findings of World Health Organization, WHO, and European Union,EU, records which revealed that the insurgency crisis left over 54,000 widows and 52 orphans displaced.
The governor spoke yesterday when the Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, Professor Abubakar Njodi and other Principal Staff of the institution paid him a Sallah Homage at the Government House, Maiduguri.
He said, despite the security challenges facing the state, coupled with the little resources at its disposal, government was able to build over 40 Model schools equipped with digital Information and Communication Technology across the state, stressing that, there was need to recruit new hands into the payroll of the state civil Service, including himself and many more who had indicated interest to volunteer and teach free of charge to compliment efforts of the old hands in addressing the brain drain.
According to him:, “I want to state that, the blind cannot teach the blind, most of our teachers are incompetent, and cannot teach our students the way it suppose to be, we must look for the competent hands to replace those malnourished and teach our upcoming younger ones, because education is a key to peaceful society and development. I want to thank you (Professor Njodi) and your entourage for this Sallah visit which is going to be the last for me as governor, as you are all aware that my tenure expires in May next year.”
“I want to commend your leadership style in the university which is also my alma mata. At a point in time, professors, PhD holders, lecturers and students in the university community were killed in some of the attacks launched by insurgents in the institution, but the university under your leadership has never been closed for a day due to these attacks because of the resilience.
“So to me, you are 1000 times better for me than some of our acclaimed Borno Politicians who had in the peak of the crisis relocated out of the state with their families and livestock to Abuja and other safer zones, ledt us in agony, and only to come back home now when the electioneering period is around the corner, and surprisingly want to dictate my successor for us in the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.”
Earlier, Professor Njodi, said they were at the government House to felicitate with the Government and people of the state for the Eid -El Kabir Sallah celebration, and therefore commended the governor for his support to UNIMAID, especially in the area of security, provision of accommodation to students among other interventions.
A cleric, Reverend father Joseph Awoyale of the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Oro, Kwara State, has commended the Federal Government for rehabilitating the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa Road, a critical arterial road which was in a state of disrepair for about a decade.
The cleric gave the commendation when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit at his parish on Wednesday, as part of the activities marking this year Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
‘’If there is anything I want to commend the administration for, it is the rehabilitation of Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road that was really a death trap for many people. I was asking one of our priests, Rev. Fr. Christopher Ajiboye, who has just been posted to Jebba about the road. He said when you pass through Shawo garage and hit the road, it is smooth all through. ‘We thank the administration for that and we hope and pray that the administration will do more for us it terms of roads. I must say to you that we need those roads to be able to connect to villages and towns,’’ he said.
For his part, Alhaji Mohammed congratulated the St. Andrews Catholic Church, which he described as a shining example of religious harmony and peaceful coexistence.
‘’It is has demonstrated, in practical terms, what religious harmony means. It’s to the eternal credit of this church that for several years, it made its premises available, free of charge, for the annual Ramadan lecture, which I organize. Now, I am sure that, against the background of the acrimony and mutual suspicion that many religious leaders are promoting today, many cannot believe that a church will throw its gates open to a Muslim. But that’s what this Catholic church did for many years,’’ he said.
The Minister said the religious disharmony being propagated today by some religious leaders is avoidable, and that adherents of the two major religions do not have to be enemies.
He also congratulate the church as it prepares to mark its centenary, and promised to play a major role in the celebration.