…Receives Education-friendly Award
…As teachers hail governor, endorse 2nd term bid
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged teachers to uphold the ethics of their profession and continue to show uncommon sense of responsibility and greater commitment.
This came as teachers in Lagos State public schools commended Sanwo-Olu for raising the standards of education through investment in infrastructure and capacity building.
The teachers who shared testimonies of the positive transformation recorded, gave the governor a pass mark.
Sanwo-Olu and the teachers made the remarks at the event marking the World Teachers’ Day in Lagos, on Wednesday.
At the symposium, organised by the Lagos wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, at the NUT Pavilion in Ikeja, Lagos, teachers, unanimously endorsed Sanwo-Olu’s re-election bid.
Sanwo-Olu described teachers as “important stakeholders” in molding behaviour and creating a functional society.
He said his administration’s efforts towards boosting teachers’ capacity through capacity building led to over 10,000 teachers benefiting from various initiatives to refresh their teaching skills.
The governor, said priorities were placed on career progression of teachers in Lagos, making their promotion an annual exercise while ensuring prompt implementation of benefits and earnings due to them.
He said: “Today, I join our resilient and outstanding teachers in celebrating a legacy of excellence, dedication and commitment built on the foundation of a unique profession that involves the promotion of the complex personal development of young minds in preparation for future roles as responsible citizens. “No society can deliver quality education without placing premium value on its teachers.
“While many only expect the Almighty God to reward teachers, it is our firm resolve that our teachers must receive and enjoy the rewards for their labour, first here on earth and then, later in Heaven.
“As a teacher-friendly Government, we developed various initiatives to enhance teaching and further motivate our teachers. Our commitment to increasing the capacity of our teaching staff is visible through local and international training. Over 10,000 teachers have been exposed to various training programmes to hone and refresh their teaching skills. This has created employment for over 6, 000 qualified teachers in the last three years,” Sanwo-Olu stated.
He pledged his administration would continue to accord priority to investment in education, while also improving the capacity and welfare of teaching personnel. The Governor said Lagos schools would further become more ICT-compliant, as he promised to expose teachers to international best practices.
“I urge you not to relent in your effort to impart quality knowledge in our children. You are the diamonds set in gold rings for this noble profession. As partners, we will appreciate your continued commitment and support in achieving an effective and efficient education system for the benefit of our dear citizens,” the Governor said.